Matt Jones is the Crimson's all-time leader in career kills, digs and services aces (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard men's volleyball standout Matt Jones '12, who left his mark in Cambridge in the Crimson's record books, looks to make new records across the country as the new head coach of Santa Barbara City College men's volleyball team, the college announced yesterday.
During his senior season, Jones became the Crimson's all-time leader in career kills (1,218), digs (452) and service aces (97). His 345 kills in 2012 were good for second-most in a single-season, behind only the 391 kills Brady Weissbourd '09 tallied in 2009.
Jones, who recorded double-digit kills in 22 of 24 matches, registered 16 kills as Harvard picked up its first win against a ranked opponent under head coach Brian Baise by upsetting No. 12 Cal Northridge, 3-1, on the road March 10, 2012. He also helped the squad achieve its first-ever national ranking, ending the 2012 season at No. 15 and led the Crimson to a seventh-place finish in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.298). The Crimson standout garnered first-team All-EIVA honors and was named to the EIVA All-Tournament Team.
Jones' record setting ways did not stop once he graduated from Harvard. He became the first Harvard men's volleyball alumnus to sign a professional contract with the Volley Bartreng, a professional team in Luxembourg. The La Jolla, Calif., native was the team's starting outside hitting during its 2012-13 campaign.
Jones will make his debut as head coach of the Vaquero in January 2014.