Vera Jones is in her first season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Indiana.
Jones arrives in Bloomington after she spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. Jones also has an extensive background as a WNBA and college basketball television color analyst for ESPN, Fox Sports Net and the Madison Square Garden Network.
Felisha Legette-Jack and Jones have already proven to be a productive playing duo, and they hope to be just as effective as coaches. Legette-Jack and Jones were the top-two scorers at Syracuse from 1985-88, and the pair currently ranks second (1,526 points) and 11th (1,113 points) respectively in Orange history. Collectively, the duo led Syracuse to its first Big East Tournament title in and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1985 and followed that with a regular season league crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988.
Jones has already shown her ability to impact a program. In two years as an assistant coach at Dayton, Jones was instrumental in one of the nation's top two-year turnarounds from 2004-2006. In Jones' first season with the Flyers, UD won 12 games, a nine-game improvement from the previous season. Dayton closed the 2005-06 campaign with a 17-12 record, its first winning season since the 2000-01 season. The 17 wins are the Flyers' third-most since 1984-85, and their 8-8 league mark is the second-best in school history.
A 2002 inductee into the Syracuse University Orange Plus Hall of Fame, Jones is one of the most prolific three-point shooters in school history. Her .353 (41-of-116) shooting from beyond the arc ranks third in SU annals and earned her the nickname "Sweet V from Top of the Key." The 1988 Big East Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, and she served as the team's graduate assistant in academic advising while she completed her master's in television and radio.
Upon completion of her master's degree, Jones began her broadcasting and coaching careers. She served as an assistant girls' coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., from 1994-95, interim head women's coach at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1998-99 and a consultant for River Hill High School in Columbia, Md., from 2002-03.
Jones has been an on-air personality or DJ at several radio stations during her broadcasting career and earned South Carolina Broadcaster's Association "Personality of the Year". She received a Silver ADDY Award for commercial writing and production in Florida, and over the last seven years, she has been an analyst for Big Ten and Big East games for Fox Sports Net, a color analyst for the WNBA New York Liberty and Indiana Fever and covered the WNBA Draft for NBATV.
Jones has an eight-year-old son, Andrew.
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