|College:||Liberty University (2000)|
2011 was another year of progress for Josh Jones and the cross country program, as his team ran the fastest team time in school history. Since Jones' arrival at Pacific the team has now improved its overall best team time by over 14 minutes. Jones also oversaw Katie Castro break the Freshman 6K record and collect Pacific's first ever Big West Cross Country Runner of the Week award in early October.
In 2010, Jones led Pacific to its third fastest Big West Championships finish in the past six seasons. He helped shave over 11 minutes from the previous season, and every runner on his squad set a personal record time in the 6K. Throughout the season his team set 12 personal records, and set three Pacific All-Time records. The season concluded with Katie Bella being named to the Fall Academic All-Big West Team.
Jones' first season with the Tigers was a year of growth and continual improvement. He had two runners race in the NCAA Western Regional, and numerous runners set personal records throughout the season. The 2009 season finished with Kristina Hammarstrom named to the Fall Academic All-Big West Team.
Josh Jones was hired as the Tigers' Cross Country head coach on June 22, 2009.
"I'm excited to work for such a fine institution such as University of the Pacific," said Jones. "I look forward to working with the athletes and starting a fine tradition for the Cross Country Program."
Jones was the Head track and field coach at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal, Mo., from August to December of 2007, designing and implementing the program. He was also a professor in physical education. Since returning to the area in December of 2007, Josh has been a physical education teacher at Kohl Elementary School in Stockton, and served in the same capacity in Tracy from August of 2004 to August of 2007.
Earlier in 2004, he served as a volunteer coach at Sacramento State with the track and field team, working with multi-eventers and pole vaulters. He began his college coaching career at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., as an assistant track coach from August of 2001 to October of 2003.
An outstanding track athlete, Josh was a National Junior College Decathlon Champion at Mesa College in Mesa, Ariz., and was a two-time Junior College All-American. He also excelled at Liberty University as a student-athlete, earning NCAA Division I All-America honors in 2000. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in physical education. Jones received his master's in exercise science in 2007 from the University of California (Pennsylvania).
Josh resides in Stockton with his wife, Cheryl, who played division I soccer at Liberty University. They have three children, Mason, Micah, and Morgan.