As expected, interim head coach Jim Corrigan will not be named the head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs as the program prepares to play their first season as a member of Conference USA. Corrigan took over the Monarchs program mid-season when the school’s Athletic Director Wood Selig fired long-time head coach Blaine Taylor after a string of inappropriate public appearances and other incidents.
American Eagles head coach Jeff Jones, 52, will be announced as the next head coach of ODU in a press conference Thursday, David Teel of the Daily Press wrote early Wednesday afternoon.
A former player and coach at Virginia, Jones spent the last 13 years at American University, guiding the Eagles to nine winning seasons, two NCAA tournament appearances and a 212-182 record. American was 10-20 this season, but 22-9 and 20-10 during the previous two.
However, Jones’ connections to the program are also a reason why he became such an attractive option to take the reigns of the basketball program. He has been friends Selig since the two were colleagues at Virginia, where Selig worked in administration. Also, Brian Gilmore, the son of Board of Visitors member Dee Gilmore, played for Jones’ NCAA tournament teams at American in 2008 and 2009.
Old Dominion will be returning all but two players from their 2012-2013 season, as Nick Wright and DeShawn Painter will be graduating at the end of this semester. Jones and the remaining Monarchs players will certainly have their hands full trying to correct a program that went just 5-25 overall in this year.