Women's Basketball

    Jones to Leave the IU Women's Basketball Staff

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana assistant coach Vera Jones came to the Hoosiers after spending two seasons at Dayton.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana assistant coach Vera Jones came to the Hoosiers after spending two seasons at Dayton.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 21, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack has announced that assistant coach Vera Jones is leaving the staff for personal reasons.

    "Sometimes in life we are faced with unexpected personal challenges that we have no choice but to step up, be strong, and take on new responsibilities," Jones said. "I have come to this kind of crossroad and thus must resign my position as an assistant coach with our women's basketball program. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so I give thanks for today and for the truly great memories of my special year as a proud Hoosier. I wish Coach Jack, our awesome staff, the Indiana University family, and especially the fine young women that work hard to represent this great university all the blessings of joy and success for years to come."

    Jones, who concluded her first year as an assistant coach for the Hoosiers, was instrumental in the development of freshman guard Jamie Braun, IU's first-ever Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year. She arrived in Bloomington after spending two seasons (2004-06) as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. Jones also has an extensive background as a WNBA and college basketball television analyst for ESPN, Fox Sports Net and the Madison Square Garden Network.

    "Not many people are as fortunate as I have been to work with an amazing person, a great coach and a best friend," Legette-Jack said. "As a team, we are so grateful to have had this past year with Vera on staff. She will be missed as a coach, a friend and a colleague."

    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 will remain on the Hoosiers' staff through the end of April.




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