Promoted: Greg Jones Named Associate Head Coach at West Virginia

Updated: January 12, 2011

Having achieved success both as a former West Virginia University wrestler and recent position as an assistant head coach, sixth-year coach Greg Jones has been promoted as an associate head coach, WVU coach Craig Turnbull announced today.

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Greg Jones was a three-time NCAA champion at West Virginia

“Through his competitive career, Greg achieved a lot that many wrestlers don’t even come close to,” Turnbull says. “He won three NCAA Championships and was even named the Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships one year. Having one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of our program come back to coach for us is a tremendous benefit to the team. It has a tremendous ripple effect and transcends all areas of the program.”

A three-time national champion and All-American, Jones is looked upon not only for his coaching but also recruiting abilities.

‘Not only was Greg an outstanding wrestler, but the kind of person you would want in the program,” Turnbull said. “He was a good student, spoke well to the media, stood for all the right values, had a solid work ethic, and he carries that into his coaching career.”

As a Mountaineer, Jones went 126-4 over his four years and was a four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion in the 174-lb weight class. He ended his career with a 51-match win streak.

“My belief is that he will be as good of a coach as he was a wrestler,” Turnbull says. “As he continues to mature into the profession, he is going to assume more and more responsibilities. The title change is very appropriate and well-deserved.”