Old Dominion’s Jones to remain away rest of year

NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion men’s basketball coach Jeff Jones will step away for the rest of the season because of health issues.

The 63-year-old Jones has been home recovering from a heart attack suffered Dec. 20 at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu and learned he will need a fourth treatment for prostate cancer.

Kieran Donohue will continue to serve as interim coach.

“This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but I am confident that interim coach Kieran Donohue, the staff, and the players will continue to battle for the remainder of the season,” Jones said in a statement Sunday. “I want to thank them for their hard work and resilience, and I would like to thank all of Monarch Nation for continuing to be the best fans in the league. You all make me grateful and proud to be a Monarch.”

Jones has been Old Dominion’s coach since the 2013-14 season, winning 204 games with the Monarchs. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 and 2018.

Jones served as Virginia’s head coach from 1990 to ’98 and was American’s coach from 2001 to ’13.

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