Itch Jones


  BS ’61, Physical Education
  MS ’66, Physical Education

  Long before his coaching took him to the University
  of Illinois, Jones created a baseball dynasty in 21 years
  as head coach at his alma mater. He propelled the Salukis
  into the national spotlight, leading them to a 738-345-5
  (.681)record, including 10 NCAA Tournament appearances
   and three trips to the NCAA College World Series.
   In 1990, his final season at SIU was somewhat of a
   storybook ending. He not only led the Salukis to an
   incredible 49-14 record and sixth Missouri Valley 
   Conference Championship in 14 seasons, but his team
   also advanced to the NCAA Regionals as the second
   seed and came within one game of advancing to yet
   another CWS berth.