Gavin Jones

Gavin Jones

Gavin Jones enters his ninth season at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall College squash program for the 2019-20 academic year.

Throughout Jones’ tenure, the men’s side has consistently finished the season ranked among the nation’s best. He guided the team to top-10 finishes in five straight seasons from 2011-15 – ending as high as No. 4 in 2014, which tied for the program’s best finish since 1994. 

His 2012-13 team set a program record with 17 wins, while the 2014-15 squad tallied a 15-5 record, highlighted by its 7-2 upset over No. 3 ranked Princeton at home on Dec. 5. The victory marked the first win over the Tigers since the 1986-87 season and snapped a 24-match losing streak, its longest such streak against an opponent. 

F&M has garnered six All-America accolades during Jones’ time at the helm.

On the women's side, Jones has helped the Diplomats qualify for the Kurtz Cup (B Division) of the CSA Championships on four occasions, and has seen his team end the 2015-16 year with a No. 14 national ranking – the highest during his tenure. 

Jones was appointed as Franklin & Marshall College’s Director of Squash on June 29, 2011, bringing with him a wealth of professional experience and a background in team squash. 

A world-class squash player, Jones was ranked as high as 37th on the Dunlop/Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) World Rankings during his career. He won three PSA Titles during his time on the circuit as well. 

Jones was the Welsh National Champion in 2005 and 2006 and was a member of the Welsh Commonwealth Team in 2002 and 2004. He was a Silver Medalist in the 1999 World Team Championships and earned five bronze medals in the European Team Championships while representing Wales in more than 70 caps. 

Before his arrival in Lancaster, Jones served as the Squash Pro at The Cynwyd Club in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., beginning in 2007.  In that capacity, Jones had coached dozens of players in the College Squash Association’s (CSA) Top 100 through the years. 

Jones’ background includes more than 20 years of squash playing and coaching experience at various clubs around the world. While squash is often thought of as an individual sport, Jones grew up in a team environment playing for Wales’ National Team. He later assisted the Welsh Boys U19 National Team. 

Jones File (Men)
  Overall CSA Team Championships  
Year Won Loss Pct. Won Loss Pct. Accolades
2011-12 11 9 .550 0 3 .000 Potter Cup (A Division) Appearance
2012-13 17 6 .739 1 2 .333 School-Record 17 Wins
2013-14 15 5 .750 1 2 .333 Finished Season Ranked No. 4 in Nation
2014-15 13 9 .591 0 3 .000 Finished No. 8 in Nation, Sloane Award
2015-16 9 10 .474 2 1 .667 Finished No. 13 in Nation
2016-17 8 13 .381 1 2 .333 Finished No. 15 in Nation
2017-18 5 15 .250 2 1 .667 Finished No. 18 in Nation
2018-19 15 8 .783 1 2 .333 Finished No. 14 in Nation
8 Seasons 93 75 .554 8 16 .333  
               
Jones File (Women)
  Overall CSA Team Championships  
Year Won Loss Pct. Won Loss Pct. Accolades
2011-12 11 10 .524 1 1 .500 Kurtz Cup (B Division) Appearance
2012-13 10 12 .455 0 3 .000 Kurtz Cup (B Division) Appearance
2013-14 9 13 .409 2 1 .667 Walker Cup (C Division) Finals Appearance
2014-15 9 9 .500 0 2 .000 Kurtz Cup (B Division) Appearance
2015-16 6 10 .375 1 2 .333 Finished No. 14 in Nation
2016-17 7 13 .350 2 1 .667 Finished No. 18 in Nation
2017-18 4 15 .211 2 1 .667 Finished No. 21 in Nation
2018-19 7 13 .350 1 2 .333 Finished No. 20 in Nation
8 Seasons 63 95 .399 9 13 .409  

Updated 7/8/19 | BW