“...to build affinity, to build community, to build linkage to, tie people to Sun Devil Athletics and in the community more broadly, those four things. If we are not doing those four things we are not being successful. If a coach is not doing all four of those things, we are not being successful. So Ray has found now four fantastic coaches since he was appointed athletic director. I'll just mention one of them before he introduces Coach Hurley.
“I said to Ray, either we're going to have a wrestling team that's going to compete for national championships or we're not going to have a wrestling team. So you need to find the best person in the world to be our coach. Zeke Jones is our coach: Multi‑time world champion in wrestling, NCAA champion, ASU graduate; and at the time that Ray hired him, sitting Olympic coach for the United States Olympic Team in wrestling, former coach at the University of Pennsylvania. That is the person; the personage, the kind of character that we are looking for.
“So when Ray makes a decision that we need to move on and find a coach to achieve our goals, I can guarantee you that the best coach that's out there that can help us to achieve our goals will be fine, and so Ray Anderson.
--DR. MICHAEL CROW, ASU PRESIDENT
APRIL 10, 2015, AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE BOBBY HURLEY AS SUN DEVIL MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH
The seventh coach in ASU wrestling history, Zeke Jones was hired in April 2014.
An Olympic silver medalist for the United States, Jones was the 1991 World Champion at 52kg, a four-time World-Cup Champion, and coached United States’ Olympians in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2012 Olympic Games.
A member of ASU’s 1988 NCAA Wrestling Championship team, Jones was a three-time All-American and Pac-10 Champion for the Sun Devils. A national runner-up at 118, Jones sits at No. 4 in ASU’s career record book in both overall victories (134) and dual victories (59). He also holds the school record for dual match victories in a season with 22 during the 1989-90 campaign.
As Olympic head coach, Jones’ athletes earned two gold medals and one bronze at the London Games in 2012. His athletes in the 2004 Athens Games, where he was the freestyle coach, earned a gold and two silvers.
In the four World Championships during Jones’ tenure, USA placed third in the 2011 World Championships, fifth in 2013, and seventh in 2009. He also led USA to five individual World Champion medals, including two-time World champion Jordan Burroughs.
The United States competed in three Freestyle World Cups during the Jones era, placing third in 2012 and 2013, and sixth in 2010. During the Jones staff era, USA won eight Junior World medals, five University World medals and four Cadet World medals.
Jones came to USA Wrestling after coaching at the University of Pennsylvania from 2005-07, where he amassed a record of 33-17-1. Following the 2006 campaign that saw an NCAA Champion, two All-Americans, two Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champions, and a third-place finish at the EIWA Championships, Amateur Wrestling News named Jones the Rookie Head Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching at Penn he served on the coaching staffs at West Virginia, Arizona State, and Bloomsburg University. Jones coached teams that have finished in the NCAA Final Four twice, in the top-10 four times and won six conference team championships. Individually his wrestlers have won six NCAA titles, eight NCAA finalists, 36 individual conference champions, 29 All Americans, 74 NCAA Qualifiers, and 11 wrestlers have competed in the NWCA All Star Meet.
Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Jones is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, member of the Arizona State University Hall of Fame, and Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Jones and his wife, Renee, have four children, Jessica, David, Rebecca, and Jacob.
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