Jones Named Ivy Coach Of Year
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – CollegeSportsMadness.com has handed out its postseason awards and Yale is well represented. James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year. Justin Sears was selected to the All-Ivy League first team, while Javier Duren earned second team recognition. In addition, Sears was named to the All-Mid Major fourth team.
Jones, who is in his 15th year at the helm of the Yale program, guided the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the Ivy League. Yale has now finished with a winning league record in five of the last six years, and has had a fourth-place or better finish in the league for 14 straight years. The Bulldogs were picked third in the preseason Ivy poll and have now finished better than projected in seven of the last nine years. Jones currently has 205 victories, all during his time at Yale, and is one win shy of tying Joe Vancisin as the winningest men's basketball coach in school history.
Sears is enjoying a remarkable season. He is among the Ivy League leaders in several categories, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (3rd), field goal percentage (6th, .511), steals (6th, 1.3 per game) and blocked shots (2nd, 52). In addition, his 81 offensive rebounds are the most in the league.
Duren leads the team with 81 assists and 31 three-pointers. He is 10th in the league in scoring (12.4 ppg.), eighth in assists (3.1 per game) and seventh in free throw percentage (.808).
The Bulldogs are currently awaiting word on a postseason berth.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity