The longest tenured member of the basketball staff is Joe Jones. Jones begins his sixth season at Villanova in 2002-03.
I am excited to be reunited with Joe, who started out with us at Hofstra, said Wright. He is a tireless worker and very effective recruiter.
The relationship between Jones and Wright dates to 1990. As a Villanova assistant coach, Wright came to know Jones when the latter brought his middle school team to the Villanova Basketball Camp of head coach Rollie Massimino. When Jones became the head coach at Comsewogue (N.Y.) High School he remained in touch with Wright, who by this time had accompanied Massimino to UNLV.
When Wright was named head coach at Hofstra in 1994, he tabbed Jones as an assistant coach. Jones then helped Wright replenish the talent supply at Hofstra through his long hours on the recruiting trail. In 1994-95, the Pride attracted the No.1 recruiting class in the America East Conference.
In 1997, Jones arrived at Villanova. He has played a major role in attracting the majority of players, which currently comprise the Wildcats roster. In 1999, Eastern Basketball recognized Jones as one of the top recruiters in the region.
This Long Island, N.Y., product was a four-year letterman and three-time starter at the State Univery at Oswego before graduation in 1987. He then completed work on his masters. In his current position Jones is responsible for recruiting, game scouting and on-court teaching.
Jones and his wife, the former Kristin Justvig, are the parents of Sidney, born in April 2002. The family makes its home in Havertown, Pa.