Longwood Appoints Elaine Jones as New Head Lacrosse Coach

FARMVILLE, Va. - Longwood University Director of Athletics Troy Austin has announced the recent appointment of Elaine Jones as the school's new women's lacrosse head coach. Jones, formerly the head coach at the University of California Davis, takes the reigns for the Lancers' first season as a member of the Big South Conference. She will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including oversight of practice and game preparation, game strategy and recruiting.

"I am excited for Elaine to join the Longwood Athletics Family," said Austin. "Elaine had a standout career as a collegian and she has been successful in her years of coaching. I look forward to celebrating her accomplishments at Longwood."

"We are extremely excited that Elaine will be leading our women's lacrosse program as we begin Big South competition," added Longwood Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Enhancement/Senior Woman Administrator Michelle Meadows. "Elaine's motivation and drive for developing student-athletes into championship competitors and campus leaders, along with her wealth of knowledge and experience, are a wonderful fit for the program as we embark on the future."

Jones served as the head coach of the UC Davis program from 2001-12 and compiled an overall record of 97-90 (.519) during her tenure, including six winning seasons. She led the Aggies to a top-five NCAA Division II national ranking for three consecutive years (2002-04) and helped the program make a successful transition to Division I, as her squad posted a solid 10-9 record during its first season playing a predominantly DI schedule in 2005. In 2012, she coached the school's first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Co-Rookie of the Year and Regional Division I All-American.

"I'm very excited to have been selected to lead the Longwood women's lacrosse program, especially as we begin our first year of competition in the Big South Conference," said Jones. "The opportunity to contend for a conference championship and for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament will be great motivation for our current and future student-athletes. In addition to working with the student-athletes to strive for excellence on the field, I look forward to helping them make a positive impact not only academically, but also in the surrounding community.

"I want to thank Troy and Michelle for their support in affording me this privilege. It's an exciting time to be a Lancer and I can't wait to get started!"

Some of Jones' accolades at UC Davis include earning a DI Statistical Award for leading the nation in draw controls in 2011 and garnering LaxPower's Most Improved DI Women's Lacrosse Program in 2010. She has coached a total of eight All-Americans and 18 All-MPSF selections. Off the field, Jones has also showed a commitment to academic excellence, developing 37 Academic All-MPSF honorees, eight IWLCA All-Academic Team members, two Academic All-America selections, one Academic All-District honoree, one IWLCA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and an NCAA Woman of the Year winner.

Prior to joining the staff at UC Davis, Jones served as the assistant director of compliance, as well as the head coach of club at the University of Southern California from 1998-2001. Jones began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts from 1993-95.

Jones was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American student-athlete at the University of Virginia, leading the Cavaliers to four straight national postseason appearances, including a National Championship in 1991. She later played four years on the Elite Squad of the U.S. National Team.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1992 before continuing on to receive her Master of Science in sport management from Massachusetts in 1996 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 1998.

2012-08-28



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