|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Trent Jones enters his fifth season as Associate Head Coach after serving two years as the assistant coach.
In his seven years on the staff, Jones has helped the 'Roos to a over a 100 wins and five straight winning seasons for the first time in school history, while 13 players have been named to all-conference teams and three more to all-freshman teams.
In 2014, Jones helped guide the ‘Roos to the greatest season in the history of the program as UMKC claimed their first ever conference championship, winning the WAC regular season title. During the season, the ‘Roos won a pair of preseason tournament titles for the first time in school history with crowns at the CEFCU Classic and FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic, knocked off Missouri for the third time in school history and the first time since 1994 and set school records for overall wins (24), conference wins (12) and consecutive wins (17).
"Trent has been instrumental in the success we've experienced thus far and there is no question to the positive impact he will have in the future in our program." Head Coach Christi Posey said, "His loyalty, his work ethic, and his commitment to player improvement make him an outstanding asset to Kansas City Volleyball."
Jones came to UMKC from UMSL, where he led the Tritons to a 64-28 record in his three seasons and the squad's first trip to the NCAA Division II tournament since 1995 in 2010. In that season, he directed the squad to its first appearance in the AVCA top-25 since 1993, while being named the Great Lakes Valley Coach of the Year in 2008. In his three seasons, Jones produced 12 All-GLVC selections, four All-Region selections and an All-Region Freshman of the Year honoree.
Although Jones oversees many aspects of the program, his work with the middle attackers produced an All-League performance from freshman, Emma Hagedorn. Jones also coordinates blocking schemes and team defense.
"We are thrilled to be able to promote Trent to Associate Head Coach; it gives us the chance to demonstrate our appreciation for his expertise and dedication." Posey said.
Prior to heading the UMSL program, Jones served as First Assistant at Washburn University from 2004-2008, helping the Lady Blues to a 129-23 record during his time on the bench. In 2007, Washburn made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four after achieving a school-record 35-3 record in 2005. Under his guidance, the Lady Blues placed seven players on the all-American team.
From 2002-04, Jones served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Kansas where he helped guide the squad to its best season in school history and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Jones was a member of the Columbia College men’s team, where he led the Cougars to the 2000 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Championship. The new UMKC Assistant Coach also spent 1998-1999 and 2000-02 as a member of Graceland University volleyball team where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis on Civil Rights in 2002.