"It's All About The Game"
Remembering Head Coach Will Jones
Robert Stephens, Featured Writer
DMV coaching icon passes.
March 25, 2014 - Washingtonian, Head Coach Will Jones
passed away on March 12th in Virginia Beach, Va. falling to cancer.
After his playing career ended at American, Coach Jones was selected in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 81st pick. Coach Jones was also selected to participate in the Olympic Trials in 1960 and 1964.
The outpouring of affection for Coach was evident at his celebration of life last Friday.
Dereck Wittenburg (DeMatha) director of player
“I met Will when I was 18 playing in AAU and he told me "You got too much fat on your knees you gotta get better. “He along with my high school coach (Morgan Wooten) challenged me to get better”.
(Wittenburg who played at N.C.State would later
Kevin Broadus, assistant coach at Georgetown University remembers Coach like it was yesterday.
“The first time I met him I was told 'You don’t know any ball youngin', but it all worked out”. Broadus was at UDC for 4 years with Coach Jones.
“He had one of the most brilliant minds of anybody I have met.
He also was one of the most caring persons you
Todd Bozeman current head basketball coach
G'Town head coach John Thompson III wanted
“He was always around" he said. "Coach was someone
During Coach Jones' tenure at UDC he led the 1982 NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!
The Firebirds defeated Florida Southern 73-33 behind
Coach would leave UDC to finish his career at
He returned to D.C. in 2007 when American
Full disclosure from this reporter:
The first time I met Coach Jones I was with the late Ron Sutton sports director of WHUR. After listening to Coach the first five minutes I’ll never forget Coach took a phone call and I asked “Is he like this all the time"? The response was "You haven’t heard nothing yet!". Later that evening I got to see the teacher and coach at work and I was thoroughly in awe watching him work the game.
The last time I talked to Coach Will, Jeff Jones was
At the time of our first introduction, I was the youngest broadcaster on a commercial radio station and was introduced as “Young Boy” to Will.
“Will, it's Young Boy that worked with Ron Sutton
"Everything is fine" he said. “How’s that boy ? (son)".
At that point Will says "Jeff can you send me (some gear)?...Great. Now m**&^#@%er I know you got a closet full of s*#@t send me some gear m$*&#@er. You got my shoe size"?
“I got it” Coach said Jones. 'I got you Coach, 14"!
“Send that s#@t first class, I ain’t no second class m&^*%$#er" ordered Will.
Jeff turns and looks at me, saying "That’s my man, love him to death”.
“Yeah I was surprised he remembered my son” was my next comment. “I’m not” declared Jeff.
Coach Will Jones will be missed.
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