Locked up: Zeke Jones agrees to contract extension

TEMPE – We locked him up. Zeke Jones agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of Sun Devil Wrestling through the 2026-27 season. One of the most successful coaches in ASU history, Jones’ leadership has brought the Sun Devils back-to-back NCAA team trophies, four Pac-12 team titles, 25 All-America honors and 32 individual conference titles since joining in 2014.

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“Zeke has proven himself to be one of the best wrestling coaches in the country,” the vice president of varsity athletics said. Ray Anderson said. “The way he has been able to transform the Arizona State program and bring us back to prominence is inspiring and exactly what we got him to do eight years ago. The success of Zeke and his team, coupled with the strong support around our program, makes this a very exciting time. It’s time to be part of the ASU fight. He’s earned this extension and we’re very excited for the future.”

“I’m excited for the future of Sun Devil Wrestling and my family and I’m grateful to be here,” Zeke Jones said. “It’s been a long journey so far and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in the future. The long-term health of the program is excellent and that’s thanks to President Crow, Ray Andersonour administrators Graham Rossini, Dan Wakely and Don Bocchi, and our amazing supporters. I am convinced that we can do some really special things over the next few years.”

Three-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and 1988 Sun Devil National Champion Zeke Jones was hired to lead his alma mater in April 2014 and immediately transformed the program into a national powerhouse. Jones is directly responsible for bringing five of ASU’s 21 total Pac-12 championships to Tempe since his arrival. He developed a two-time national champion in Zahid Valencia, a 125 national runner-up in Brandon Courtney (2021) and in 2022 led heavyweight Cohlton Schultz to national honors. ASU has also celebrated 25 All-America honors since Jones was hired. 2022 was the second straight season ASU finished fourth in the NCAA championships, marking the first time the Sun Devils have won back-to-back team trophies since the 1989 and 1990 seasons when ASU won team medals. consecutive money. Jones is directly responsible for 32 individual Pac-12 titles, four NCAA top-10 finishes, four Most Outstanding Pac-12 Wrestlers, five Pac-12 Wrestlers of the Year, and three Freshmen / Pac-12 Newcomers of the Year.

Outside of the wrestling room, Jones spearheaded the growth of Sun Devil Wrestling’s donor and supporter group, The Inner Circle. Thousands of dollars were raised and the proceeds stayed within the program to fund scholarships, wrestling room upgrades, equipment purchases and team operations.

Jones took the helm with a resume that showcases college and international accomplishments. The Ann Arbor, Michigan native was a three-time All-American, three-time Pac-10 champion and national runner-up at 118 pounds with the Sun Devils from 1987-1990 before winning the league title. world of 52 kg in 1991. Title. He followed his world title with a silver medal (52 kg freestyle) while representing the United States at Barcelona 1992. He finished his professional career with four World Cup titles before moving into coaching, guiding American Olympians to the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012 Games. He led USA Wrestling as National Freestyle Head Coach from 2008 to 2014, coaching Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner to Olympic gold medals at the Games London Olympics in 2012. His accomplishments earned him an induction into the Arizona State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2005 he was honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the Hall of Fame. national wrestling fame.