Coaches Corner: Stan Jones

By: Sam Lane Email
By: Sam Lane Email

Making free throws has always come naturally for Stan Jones.
FSU associate head basketball coach Stan Jones says,
"I was always able to make free throws. That was something our college coach, when I played way back in the day, everyday we had to make twenty out of twenty five everyday to finish practice."
His talent from the line landed him in the elite 8 of the Shots from the Heart competition. A 64 coach free throw shooting tournament to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease.
Jones adds,
"I had no idea, not playing as much basketball as I did when I was younger, I had no idea what it would be like. I thought it was a great cause and it's a cause I'd like to see our medical world to come up with a cure for."
And one that Coach Jones is very committed to. He lost his father to heart disease.
"Anything I can do to help bring some kind of benefit to the American Heart Association I was glad to participate in."
Through three rounds he has made 64 consecutive shots and only missed three.
"You're wide open. you're fifteen feet away from the backboard and it's a shot that I think if you work at it and you have good technique, you can be successful at it."
As well as a motivating tool, not afraid to let his players know when they miss free throws.
"I grew up in a trash talking area. You always have to remind them and say 'Hey, if I can stand up there and make a few free throws in a row here too you guys need to step up.' So you always do it in good fun and try to use it as a tool to motivate some guys."

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  • by Les Location: F (former player) on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    He did grow up in a trash talking area of town called nutbush. I can vouch for that. As a former player I can also add he was a stickler for making your free throws at practice. He would have us come to the gym at 6:30 Am and shoot 500 before school started. A great Coach and a Great Man!
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