Chris Jones enters his first year as Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Belmont Abbey College.
Jones comes to the Abbey after spending eight years as Head Golf Coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. During his time at Northern, Jones he made the Nighthawks a power on the state level in the 3A Classification. The Women’s program appeared in the state tournament five times in the first eight years of the school’s existence, including State Runner-Up finishes in the 2011 and 2013 3A State Tournament.
The Nighthawks have also captured the Mid State 3A Conference Regular Season and Conference Tournament crown four times (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013). Coach Jones has also been honored by his peers by being named the Women’s Golf Conference Coach of the three times (2010, 2011 & 2012).
On the men’s side, Jones has help guided the Men’s Golf Program to the 2010 3A State Championship at Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst, NC. The state championship, at the time, was the first for any sport at Northern Guilford High School. He was also named 2010 All-Area Men’s Golf Coach of the Year by the Greensboro News-Record newspaper. The Nighthawks Men’s team, also appeared in the state tournament in 2011 and 2014. Jones was named 2009 Triad 3A Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year, after guiding the Nighthawk to a second place finish in the conference in the school’s second year of existence.
Under Jones’ time at Northern, ten former Nighthawk golfers have continued their playing career at the collegiate level.
Along with his coaching at Northern, Jones worked ten years at the golf course at Grandover Resort and Conference Center. At Grandover, Jones’ responsibilities included tournament coordination, merchandising and scheduling both outside service and starters and rangers.
No stranger to college athletics, Jones worked in the Sports Information Offices at VMI (1999-2002), Coastal Carolina University (2002-03) and UNC Greensboro (2003-2005).
Jones, a Greensboro, NC native, was a four-year letterman in golf at Page High School and graduated in 1993. He continued his playing career at Lenoir-Rhyne, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the Bears.