Longtime Twinsburg head baseball coach Donald Jones was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday at St. George Antiochian Orthodox in Fairlawn.
Jones, a 1981 Brookfield High School graduate, began his teaching and coaching career at Twinsburg High School, where he just recently retired.
During his 32 years of teaching at Twinsburg, Jones coached both football and basketball for 25 years. He also coached football at Crestwood for two years and football at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills for four years.
Jones spent 31 years as the Tigers’ head baseball coach. His teams compiled a 427-295 record in the Chagrin Valley Conference, Western Reserve Conference, Northeast Ohio Conference and Suburban League.
Jones’ teams won seven league championships, 16 sectional championships, three district championships, two regional championships and made two trips to the state semifinals.
In 1990, his team won the Associated Press state championship. Jones has led more than 50 players, who went on to compete in college. He also coached seven professional players, 23 All-Ohio Academic players, three All-Ohio poll players and three Mizuno All Ohio players.
Jones was named Coach of the Year seven times and has been inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Twinsburg Hall of Fame.
According to gabhof.org, Jones attributes his success to the mentorship of his late father Reese Jones, a strong community, the support and love of his family and his assistant coaches who were committed to the development of each player.
He believes he would never have been successful without the assistants who worked with him tirelessly. Jones has retired from teaching, but he is still active in coaching football, basketball and baseball in various local communities.
Jones and his wife Jennifer, live in Kent and have two children Katie, 31 (Joe), and Tyler, 22, and two grandchildren Easton, 3, and Claire, 1.