BOZEMAN — The "interim" tag was removed from Montana State volleyball coach Daniel Jones' title Wednesday.
Athletic director Leon Costello announced that Jones is officially the 11th head coach in school history.
“Daniel is the right coach to lead the MSU volleyball program,” Costello said. “He is committed to the academic and athletic achievement of our student-athletes and continuing to build a program that will compete for Big Sky Conference championships. He has also assembled a great staff with the same qualities and I am excited for the future of MSU volleyball.”
Jones, who recently completed his third season with the Bobcats and his first leading the team, guided MSU to a 10-16 overall mark and a 6-10 Big Sky record this fall. The Bobcats doubled their win total from 2016 and were in the hunt for a Big Sky tournament berth heading into the final week.
Highlighting Jones’ interim season was a win over Big Sky champion North Dakota in Grand Forks to snap the Fighting Hawks’ 20-match home win streak. The Bobcats also had a tournament championship at Utah State, with victories over the Aggies, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific.
In addition, the Bobcats swept rival Montana.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity to lead the Bobcat volleyball program into the future, which is very bright,” Jones said. “In these situations there are a lot of people to thank, I would like to start by expressing my deepest gratitude to President Waded Cruzado, Athletic Director Leon Costello and Associate Athletic Director Camie Bechtold for their faith and belief in me, our staff and team. Their support and guidance through this process has been very humbling, and greatly appreciated.”
Jones, formerly an assistant at Utah Valley, came to Montana State as then head coach J.J. Riley’s top assistant in February 2015. The duo worked two seasons together at Utah.