Paige Jones enters her second season as assistant coach of the Florida Gulf Coast softball team.
Jones was hired as assistant softball coach on July 1, 2008. Jones joined the staff at FGCU after serving as an assistant for West Alabama.
Jones’ responsibilities 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.
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 broke 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 graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Biology at The University of West Alabama.