Director of Athletics Jon Waters announced today that Lucas Jones ('05) will be the next Head Coach of the Lynchburg Baseball program replacing longtime head Coach Percy Abell, who retired from coaching in April to join the Lynchburg faculty full time.
"We are excited to welcome Lucas back to Lakeside Drive to lead our program" said Waters " Coach Jones' passion for student success both in the classroom and on the field along with his deep rooted love for the institution puts him in a position to have an immediate positive impact on the lives of our student athletes".
Jones, a Lynchburg native, joins the Hornet coaching staff after serving as the Head Coach at Washington & Lee University for the past two years.
Jones led the Generals to the third-most wins in program history in his first year, finishing with a mark of 26-14 and earning a berth into the ODAC Tournament. This past season the Generals tied the record for most wins in a season with 28 and made their first trip to the ODAC Championship since 2009.
Before Washington & Lee, Jones was the skipper from 2013-15 at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. Posting a combined record of 77-32 during that time, he led the Patriots to a second-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 10 finals in 2015. The 2014 team took fourth at the regional and he was named the NJCAA Region X Coach of the Year in the same season.
Jones has held assistant coaching positions at George Mason University (2010-13) and Randolph-Macon College (2007-10).
A 2005 magna cum laude graduate of Lynchburg College, Jones got his foot in the door of collegiate coaching with a Volunteer Assistant Coaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University.
"I would like to thank President Garren, Director of Athletics Jon Waters, Dean Sally Selden and the campus community for this opportunity. It is rare in this profession that we get the chance to coach at an alma mater and hometown, I get to do both."
Jones played baseball for the Hornets and in 2005 was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as earning VaSID State Player of the Year and Lynchburg Male Athlete of the Year honors.
"My time at Lynchburg playing for Coach Abell were some of the greatest times in my life. This place changed my life and shaped my core values. It is humbling and my honor to give back to a school and program that has done so much for me. Coach Abell built a program that centered around student-athletes with high character and great intent. It is my responsibility to continue building on that brand so that our campus community and alumni are proud."