Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones, who led the Green Wave baseball program to 12 NCAA appearances and 818 victories over the last 21 years and became one of the most decorated collegiate baseball coaches in the sport, announced his retirement Friday from the coaching ranks, effective immediately.
"In making this announcement, Tulane is losing one of its coaching icons today," Tulane Director of Athletics Dickson said. "The standard created by Rick Jones over the last 21 years is exemplary and stands tall not only for Tulane but all of college baseball."
The winningest coach in Tulane athletics history, Jones had missed the second half of the 2014 season after falling ill in late March. Jones' illness is not considered life threatening.
"For my well-being, and for the well-being of this program that I love so much, it is in the best interest for both that I step down," Jones said. "I want thank Kevin White and Dr. Eamon Kelly for hiring me, and I want to especially thank Rick Dickson and Dr. Scott Cowen for giving me the opportunity to be here for so long. I will always bleed green. I love this place, and I love this city and I've loved the opportunity I had here. I want to also thank all of my former players and coaches for helping me make so many great memories. Lastly, I want to thank our fans for being so loyal to me and the program. I will be sitting in the stands and pulling for the Green Wave just like I was when I was in the dugout."
Jones will leave Tulane baseball as the program's longest tenured coach, as well as its winningest coach. In 21 years at Tulane, Jones compiled a record of 818-445-2. The head skipper guided the Green Wave to 12 NCAA Regional appearances, two NCAA Super Regional appearances and the program's only two appearances in the College World Series in 2001 and 2005.