“We are extremely grateful for all of Joe’s hard work on behalf of Columbia and our men’s basketball team over the past seven years. His commitment to Columbia, the men’s basketball team and our student-athletes made a tremendous impact. Our men’s basketball program is in much better shape now than when he first arrived, and for that we are very thankful,” said M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. “Joe is a wonderful teacher, mentor and coach. I have truly enjoyed working with him over the past six years. We wish him and his family the best as they begin this new chapter in their life.”
Jones finishes his tenure at Columbia with an 86-108 overall record and a 39-59 record in the Ivy League.
In 2002-03, the season prior to Jones’ arrival, the Lions went 2-25, 0-14 Ivy League. In his first season (2003-04), Columbia finished 10-17, 6-8 Ivy League, for the third-best single-season turnaround in Ivy League history.
Between 2006-09, the Lions compiled 21 Ivy League wins, the most for any Columbia team during a three-year span since 1991-94. Along with Cornell and Yale, Columbia was the only other Ivy League team to finish among the league’s top four during the same period.
In 2008-09, Columbia ranked second in The Ivy League in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. Among all 330 Division I teams nationwide, the Lions ranked 42nd in scoring defense at 62.1 points per game allowed, and 21st in three-point field goal defense, as opponents shot just 30.6 percent from downtown.
Jones’ first recruiting class helped reestablish Columbia as Ivy League contenders, thanks in large part to two-time first team All-Ivy Leaguer, John Baumann ’08CC. Baumann became only he 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 points, essentially over three seasons, after he missed much of his first year due to injury.
Baumann finished with 1,298 points over his stellar career and in 2008, became the first Columbian to earn first team All-Metropolitan area honors since Columbia Athletics Hall of Famer Buck Jenkins in 1993.
“I am truly grateful for my time here at Columbia. I loved it here,” Jones said. “I’d like to thank Dianne Murphy and the administration for all their support. I’m so proud of all of my Columbia teams and I know Columbia will be successful in years to come.”