Jones, Kingston Agree To Multi-Year Deals

Tulane University head baseball coach Rick Jones and associate head coach Mark Kingston agreed in principal to multi-year deals

Tulane University baseball head coach Rick Jones and associate head coach Mark Kingston have agreed in principal to multi-year contract extensions, athletic director Rick Dickson announced Wednesday.

Jones and Kingston have worked together at Tulane for the past three seasons that included three straight trips to the NCAA Regionals, a berth in the 2004 NCAA Fullerton Super Regional and a combined 121-67 (.644) record.

"We feel that it is important to the Tulane community to continue the success we've enjoyed over the years on the diamond," Dickson said. "Both Rick Jones and Mark Kingston have done outstanding jobs during their time here, and by signing them to extensions, we feel this helps ensure that the level of play will remain among the nation's elite for years to come."

Jones just completed his 11th season with the Green Wave, guiding the team to a 41-21 mark, finish second in Conference USA and advance to the 2004 NCAA Super Regionals. In his 19 seasons as a head coach, with stints at Ferrum (1982-84), Elon (1985-89) and Tulane (1994-Present) he has 743 wins, 318 losses and two ties. His 467-225-1 record at Tulane ranks him first in school history in winning percentage (.675) and he ranks second only to Joe Brockoff (641 wins from 1975-93) in career wins.

He has led Tulane to nine NCAA Regional appearances – including a school record seven straight trips dating back to the 1998 season – two trips the NCAA Super Regionals (2001 & 2004), and a berth in the College World Series in 2001. He has eight 40-plus win seasons to his credit, led Tulane to Conference USA regular-season titles in 1997, 1998 and 2001, C-USA Tournament championships in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001, and has been named Coach of the Year six times by three different organizations.

Jones coached five consecutive Conference USA Players of the Year from 1998-2003, a pair of National Freshmen of the Year, and 12 All-Americans. In addition, 41 players have earned All-Conference USA honors, and 39 former student-athletes have signed professional contracts.

Kingston, meanwhile, will be entering his fourth year at Tulane during the 2004-05 academic year and has been instrumental in the Green Wave's success during his stint.

Since joining the team from the University of Miami prior to the 2002 season, Kingston has been tireless on the recruiting trail where he has helped the Green Wave post excellent recruiting classes over the last three years. His 2002 class included seven of the nation's Top 100 players, the 2003 signees had four in the Top 50, and the class of 2004 has four in the Top 100, according the Baseball America's Prospects Plus.

During his tenure with the Green Wave, Kingston has coached nine Major League draft picks and helped seven players earn All C-USA honors. Under Kingston's tutelage, the Green Wave has posted school Top 10 marks in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and stolen bases.

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