Greg Jones enters his eighth year as an assistant at his alma mater. His main responsibilities include recruiting, setting up and running practices, working on technique with wrestlers and operational duties. He was promoted during the summer of 2010 to associate head coach in recognition of his efforts as an assistant.
After the departure of longtime assistant Zeke Jones, Turnbull quickly named the Slickville, Pa., native as the successor who was less than a year removed from finishing his collegiate career.
Despite his youth, Jones was the natural fit for the coaching position after completing what is undoubtedly the best career in the program’s history. During his Mountaineer career, he became one of only 20 wrestlers in NCAA history to win national titles at two different weight classes. The 6-foot-1-inch grappler won a title as a freshman at 174 pounds and two more as a junior and senior at 184 pounds.
Jones became the first Mountaineer to be named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. He is also a four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion and WVU's all-time leader in wins with a 126-4 record.
He is the only West Virginia wrestler to post an undefeated season, doing it twice - 2004 (26-0) and 2005 (25-0). He also holds WVU records for best mark as a freshman (34-2), best record at the 167/174-pound weight class (34-2), most NCAA tournament wins (17) and is tied for the most NCAA tournament appearances (4).
Jones appeared in the NWCA All-Star Classic three times, winning each match. He is one of only two WVU athletes to win the university’s Red Brown Cup twice. In 2010, Jones was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame.
Jones graduated from WVU in 2005 with a degree in sports and exercise psychology. He and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Mara Leigh, and a son, Greyson Lyles.