Aggies ranked among nation's top 10 in goals, draws, ground balls and caused turnovers
Former University of Virginia standout Elaine Jones enters her 11th year as head coach for the UC Davis women's lacrosse program. While at the helm, she has led the Aggies to six winning seasons - four of which have taken place during and since the university's transition to NCAA Division I status.
Most recently, Jones led the Aggies to a 12-6 record in 2010, marking a 28-point jump in LaxPower's power ratings and earning that site's nod as the most improved Division I program in the country. She followed that with a 10-win season in 2011, in which UC Davis led the nation in draw controls.
Under Jones' guidance, eight Aggies have earned All-America honors and 15 have garnered spots on all-conference teams.
The Baltimore, Md. native immediately made an impact on the UC Davis program upon her arrival in 2002, earning Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Coach of the year honors and guiding the Aggies to a No. 3 final national ranking. A year later, UC Davis posted a 7-1 mark against Division II competition, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA Championships. Most notably, however, was the Aggies defeated both that year's national champion (Stonehill) and national runner-up (Longwood) during the regular season.
In the seasons that followed, UC Davis made the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I membership. Although the team was not eligible for NCAA postseason due to the reclassification rules of the time, the Aggies finished second in the final Inside Lacrosse Division II Power Poll in 2004. A year later, UC Davis played its first predominantly Division I schedule, posting a solid 10-9 record. Jones has deftly guided the program as it competes through an increasingly tough Mountain Pacific Sports Federation field.
Before arriving at Davis, Jones served as head women's lacrosse club coach and assistant director of compliance at the University of Southern California. In her two-year career at USC, she coached seven Western Women's Lacrosse League All-Star selections and led the Trojans to their first WWLL playoff berth in five seasons.
Jones also was an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1993 to 1995, and has served on the staffs of numerous camps and clinics on both coasts.
As a player, Jones was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American at UVA, leading the Cavaliers to four straight national postseason appearances, including the NCAA title in 1991. She later played four years on the Elite Squad of the U.S. National Team.
Jones earned her B.A. degree in English from Virginia in 1992, then completed her master's degree in sports management at Massachusetts in 1997. Jones then took a hiatus from coaching to earn her juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
In the spring of 2004, Jones was selected as one of four inductees to the augural class of the Friends School of Baltimore Athletics Hall of Fame.