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2005 Coach Of The Year: Tulane's Rick Jones

June 30, 2005

COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

1981

Ron Fraser, Miami

1982

Gene Stephenson, Wichita State

1983

Barry Shollenberger, Alabama

1984

Augie Garrido, Cal State Fullerton

1985

Ron Polk, Mississippi State

1986

Skip Bertman, Louisiana State

Dave Snow, Loyola Marymount

1987

Mark Marquess, Stanford

1988

Jim Brock, Arizona State

1989

Dave Snow, Long Beach State

1990

Steve Webber, Georgia

1991

Jim Hendry, Creighton

1992

Andy Lopez, Pepperdine

1993

Gene Stephenson, Wichita State

1994

Jim Morris, Miami

1995

Rod Delmonico, Tennessee

1996

Skip Bertman, Louisiana State

1997

Jim Wells, Alabama

1998

Pat Murphy, Arizona State

1999

Wayne Graham, Rice

2000

Ray Tanner, South Carolina

2001

Dave Van Horn, Nebraska

2002

Augie Garrido, Texas

2003

George Horton, Cal State Fullerton

2004

David Perno, Georgia

TULANE'S RICK JONES NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

DURHAM, N.C.For building Tulane into one of the nations most consistent winners and tying a school record for wins this season, Rick Jones has been named Baseball Americas 2005 Coach of the Year.

Jones led Tulane, 56-12, to both a Conference USA regular season and tournament title and a College World Series berth.

Jones, 51, has coached the Green Wave for 12 seasons, recording two trips to the CWS and 10 appearances in regional tournament play. This year, Tulane showed a consistent high level of play, opening the season as the top team in the country and finishing the year as the top seed in the NCAA tournament.

The 56 wins this year matched the school record set by Jones and his 2001 Green Wave squad. Jones won his 500th game at Tulane earlier this year. In more than a century of baseball at Tulane before Jones took over, the baseball team qualified for the NCAA tournament just seven times. Now the Green Wave is in the midst of an eight-year postseason streak.

Jones has been able to succeed despite recruiting in the same state as Louisiana State, which has won five national championships. Tulane has shown it can compete with LSU, though, beating the Tigers in a 2001 super-regional for its first trip to Omaha and sweeping the series this season.

"His best quality as a coach is he gets average players to play much higher than their potential because he demands perfection," said Scott Madden, a redshirt senior who played on the 2001 and 2005 CWS teams. "We do a drill in practice called 27 Outs where we go through defensive game situations, and we don't stop until we gets 27 straight outs. If we mess up, we start all over, and sometimes it can take an hour to get it right. But he never wavers. He gets the best out of you at practice and it carries over into the games."

 

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