Former Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones named to Conference USA Hall of Fame

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Rick Jones

Add another Hall of Fame honor for former Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones.

Jones was announced as a 2020 member of the Conference USA Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

For Jones, it is his eighth hall of fame selection. The most recent came earlier this summer when he was selected to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. Earlier in 2020, Jones was named to the Louisiana Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

He’s also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Tulane’s athletic hall of fame. In February, Tulane announced that his No. 10 jersey would be retired.

Jones was head coach at Tulane from 1994-2014, a run that includes the first 16 years of Conference USA’s existence. He was the league’s first coach of the decade as he guided the Green Wave to College World Series appearances in 2001 and 2005.

While in Conference USA, Jones earned league coach of the year honors three times and led the Green Wave to four regular-season titles and five tournament championships.

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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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