The Cougars look to make noise in their first year in the American Athletic Conference
David Jones served as assistant coach for the women's basketball program from 1999-2006. Jones was a part of the coaching staff during the greatest five-year run in program history that included a 109-47 overall record and four postseason appearances. During that time, Jones was able to coach his daughter, Chandi, who became the school's all-time leading scorer (2,692 points).
During Jones' time on the sideline, the Cougars appeared in the WNIT in 2001 and 2002, including a trip to the title game against Oregon, while making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005 for the first time in school history.
He joined the program in August 1999 after 25 years of coaching in the Bay City Independent School District.
At Bay City High School, Jones was an assistant varsity basketball and football coach. In addition to his normal coaching duties, he played an integral role in advising and counseling athletes during academic course selections. At the same time he organized tutorial programs to encourage student-athlete academic success. As a liaison between Bay City Athletics and the surrounding community, Jones also helped to establish and maintain good community relations.
Jones is a 1974 graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas where he acquired his bachelor of science degree in physical education and business education.
At Howard Payne Jones lettered in basketball and football. As a member of the basketball team he served as team captain and was named the best defensive player in the Lone Star Conference.
His football skills also were well recognized when in 1974 he was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.
A native of Stanton, Texas, Jones and his wife, Janice, have one daughter, Chandi, who wrapped up her collegiate career at Houston in 2004 was drafted with the eighth overall selection of the WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.