Press Release


Friday, May 25, 2007
by Rhonda Hufty

Hannibal, MO-Hannibal-LaGrange College's athletic department recently named Joshua Jones as the new head track and field and cross-country coach.  Jones will begin his duties this fall.

Jones comes to HLG from Tracy, CA, where he taught physical education and coached track and field.

Jones received his Bachelor of Science in physical education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and will complete his Master of Science in Exercise Science: Sports Enhancement and Injury Prevention Track from the University of California, Pennsylvania, CA, this summer (2007). 

“We feel extremely fortunate to have secured someone of the caliber of Josh Jones,” said Dr. Tom Hufty, vice president for collegiate affairs and athletic administrator at HLG.  “He has been involved in successful programs at the NCAA level and he brings to HLG energy and expertise necessary to launch a successful program.”

In addition to his teaching experience, Jones was the assistant track coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where he coached 33 Big South All-Conference athletes, 17 Big South Champion athletes, and a NCAA Division I freshman qualifier and participant in the heptathlon.  Jones was also a volunteer coach at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA, where he was responsible for multi-events and pole-vaulters.  As a student athlete at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ, Jones was a 2-time junior college All-American and a national junior college decathlon champion. While a student at Liberty University, Jones earned honors as the 2000 NCAA Division I Decathlon All-American, the 2000 IC4A Decathlon Champion, and a 2-time All-East Decathlon athlete.  Jones is a USA Track and Field Level I certified coach, and is certified as a specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in the area of performance enhancement.  Jones has also served several summers as camp director for the Special Recreation Services, Inc., (SRS) in Reno, NV.  (Special Recreation Service, Inc., (SRS) provides educational, recreational, and charitable opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.)

Jones is looking forward to working at Hannibal-LaGrange College. “It is a great honor to join the HLG family,” said Jones.  “This is a great opportunity to coach track and field athletes with the vision of reaching people for Christ.  I pray that the experiences in my life will influence athletes and students alike to become Christ champions.”

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations