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Albany State basketball coach resigns, interim coach named

March 24, 2000

After 28 years of coaching service to Albany State University (ASU), head men's basketball coach Oliver Jones has resigned from his position, effective March 22, Athletics Director Dan Land announced today. In a letter to Land, Jones stated he wanted to pursue other interests.

"We are sad to learn of Coach Jones' resignation. He has had a successful career at Albany State and we wish him the best in his future endeavors," Land said.

Jones joined the ASU Athletics staff in 1970, as an assistant coach under Coach Robert Rainey, and assumed the head coaching position after Rainey's death in 1972. Jones has lead the Golden Rams with a 395-348 career record.

During his first season (1972-1973), Jones and the Golden Rams won the team's first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championship. Under his leadership, the Golden Rams won six SIAC championships in 1973, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992 and 1997, and three second-place titles in 1982, 1988 and 1990. Jones and the Golden Rams made seven appearances in the National Collegiate Athletics Association playoffs in 1973, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1997 and 1998.

Anthony Webb, 31, who has served as an assistant coach under Jones since 1991, has been named interim head coach. A graduate of Albany State, Webb earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 1992, and is currently pursing certification in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The Sparta, Ga., native is a member of the National Basketball Coaches Association and the ASU National Alumni Association.

Webb, who played as a guard under Jones from 1987-1991, said he accepts the challenge of taking the leadership of the men's basketball program.

"Although I am very sad that Coach Jones has resigned, I am very excited about this opportunity to coach at my alma mater. Coach Jones has left a coaching legacy and can never be replaced. I will pick up where he left off and continue building the championship program he has left. He has brought ASU to national prominence and I hope to continue the tradition."

Albany State will launch a search to fill the head coaching position, Land said.

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