Jermaine Jones enters his fourth year at Indiana as an assistant coach for men's and women's throws. He has been coaching track and field since 1997 and spent four years as a head coach.
The 2010 season proved to be the breakout campaign for junior Faith Sherrill. Having redshirted all of 2009, Sherrill won two Big Ten titles and earned three All-America certificates en route to Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors. Sherrill set three IU records over the course of the indoor and outdoor seasons and posted the second-best throw in the nation in the shot put. She was also named Athlete of the Big Ten Championships for indoor and outdoor. Sherrill was joined at the NCAA East Preliminary Round by Kristen Crawford.
Jones' throwers began to blossom in their second year in his training program posting five regional qualifications. Tiffany Howard claimed a Big Ten Indoor crown in the shot put, and during the outdoor season she claimed All-America honors with a ninth-place finish in the shot put. Howard moved into second all-time in the IU record books in the shot put. Paul Fearnow, Ben Stephen and Crawford also posted regional qualifications, and Fearnow became just the third Hoosier to throw the hammer over 200 feet.
In his first season at Indiana, he guided five throwers to their first NCAA Regional appearances. Sherrill improved her marks by nearly a full meter in both the shot put and weight throw on the year.
Jones is a former head men's track and field and cross country coach at Ball State and arrived at Indiana after completing his third year at the University of Richmond as the throws and pole vault coach for the Spiders' track and field team.
While at Richmond, Jones guided his student-athletes to Atlantic 10 titles in the javelin, hammer, shot put and weight throws, as well as program records in all four events and the discus. During the 2007 season, Jones mentored two-time A-10 javelin and three-time hammer throw champion Beth Crocus.
He also tutored A-10 Rookie of the Year Heather Roush, who placed second in the discus with a school record throw and second in the javelin at the outdoor league championship. Additionally, Jones led Lindsey Smith to the school record in the javelin at 154-2 during the 2005 season and to the NCAA National Championships in 2005.
Before coaching at Richmond, Jones served as the head men's coach and was in charge of all aspects of the women's throwing program at Ball State, where he had five athletes qualify for the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, including one All-American.
Paul Panning placed third (17-11) at the NCAA Regionals and qualified for the NCAA Championships where he placed 10th, earning consecutive NCAA All-American honors. Jones also coached Zach Riley, one of the nation's top hammer throwers and a two-time NCAA All-American. Riley placed 10th at the 2004 USA Olympic Team Trials. He earned NCAA All-American honors in the hammer throw in 2001 and 2002 and placed 11th in the weight throw at the 2002 USATF Indoor National Championships and is also a three-time Mid-American Conference hammer champion (2000-2002).
Jones held the position of head cross country and track and field coach at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 1997-2000. As the program's first coach, Jones guided one NAIA All-American, five NAIA national competitors and numerous all-conference selections in his three-year tenure.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native competed for Anderson University and earned All-America status in 1996. He also was selected the conference most valuable performer in 1995 and 1997 and earned three all-conference honors in the discus. Jones was all-league in the shot put in 1997 and qualified for the NCAA National Championships three straight years.
Jones, who has a daughter Cierra (14), is USA Track & Field Level II certified in the throwing events, and earned his bachelor's degree from Anderson in 1997.