FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU Softball Head Coach Dave Deiros has announced the hiring of Paige Jones as assistant softball coach. Jones joins the staff at FGCU after serving as an assistant for West Alabama.
"We are very fortunate to have Paige join our staff for the 2009 season,” said Deiros. “She has played Division I softball at the highest level and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. As a coach, she consistently makes her team better, especially at the plate. I believe our hitters will benefit from her tutelage."
Jones’ responsibilities will include working with the hitters on all aspects of the offense, recruiting, monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes, serving as a player fitness liaison with the strength and conditioning coach and various other duties.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at FGCU and work with Coach Deiros, who has had much success here in the past,” said Jones. “I hope to bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to this program so that it may continue to move forward.”
Jones’ four successful years at Auburn University will bring a wealth of experience to the FGCU softball program.
During her senior season at Auburn, Jones batted .376 with 13 home runs, 46 RBIs, .646 slugging percentage and .451 on-base percentage. She also batted .450 in SEC play with a .738 slugging percentage and a .506 on-base percentage. Among her accomplishments, she was named First-Team All-SEC (2005), Louisville Slugger/NFCA Third Team All-American (2005), ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and SEC Player of the Week in May 2005 after going 12-for-21 with four home runs and nine RBIs in six games against Florida and Kentucky. Jones broke a SEC record for consecutive hits with six, tied for 11th best in NCAA history and is fourth in career home runs at Auburn with 21.
Jones, a member of the varsity squad at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala., earned Birmingham News State Player of the Year (2001), Gatorade State Player of the Year (2001) and Rivals.com National Player of the Week (2001). She also holds the AHSAA softball records in single-season home runs (20), career home runs (40), single-season RBIs (79), career RBIs (187) and single-season walks (54). As a senior, Jones batted .470 with a slugging percentage of .934, while helping Thompson to state titles in 1998 and 1999.
Jean Paige Jones graduated from Auburn in the summer of 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and Biological Sciences and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Biology at West Alabama.