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Rich Jones 'Itchy' to Join Southern's Coaching Staff
Rich Jones 'Itchy' to Join Southern's Coaching Staff
Item IDEgyptian19680629Rich.tif
TitleRich Jones 'Itchy' to Join Southern's Coaching Staff
AuthorBy Barb Leebens
DescriptionRichard Jones, SIU's new assistant baseball coach, is
no stranger co the southern Illinois area, having played
athletics at Herrin High and at SIU.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1968 June 29
Volume49
Issue170
SectionSports
Page(s)8
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptRich Jones 'Itchy' to Join Southern's Coaching Staff

By Barb Leebens

Richard Jones, SIU's new assistant baseball coach, is
no stranger co the southern Illinois area, having played
athletics at Herrin High and at
SIU.
'Itchy' as he is called by his close friends, earned
his nickname as the result of an incident in the third grade when he used a fly swatter to scratch an itching leg.
For four years, Jones played basketball with Herrin High School. When he was a senior, his school, then rated the number two team in the state lost in the finals of the sectional in double overtime to Pinckneyville.
After graduation he entered Southern and became one of the first freshmen in SIU's baseball history to start on he varsity squad. Itchy never had a chance to play baaeball at Herrin since there was no team. He started at shortstop his first year at SIU and played second baae for his last three years.
During his tour years as an SIU athlete, Jones batted over the.300 mark. In his junior year, Itchy was named to the All Conference IIAC team and named outstanding second baseman of the NAIA In his senior year.
"Wben I first came to Southern I lived out at Bailey Hall at TP, " Itchy said. "However, the first couple of weeks there were no roads or lights so the school switched most of us to tents at Little Grassy Lake and Giant City. We were only there until October, but those poor boys at Giant City were there until December."
In 1961, he signed a pro-fessional baaeball contract with the Baltimore Orioles and played with farm teams In Bluefield, West Va., and Stockton, CaL
From 1963-66, Jones coached In Jacksonville, Ill. Scboola. As the bead basketball coach at Jacksonville High School, he compiled a 62-23 win-loss record. He also served as the assistant baseball coach. Later, he took a Job as bead baseball coach and assistant basketball coach at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, and compiled a 23-20 slate during the 1966-1968
"My greatest thrill was when my Jacksonville High School team came to the Carbondale Holiday Invitational, " Jones said, "and I'll be darned If, they didn't win the thing."
Jones who is married and has two children (Susan, 4, and Michael, 3) took the post of assistant baseball coach because of Southern's fine reputation of having a good athletic program which would give him the chance to study other coaches' methods.
"I felt that this would be a great opportunity to work
of the best baseball coaches in the country, Joe Lutz, " Jones said. 'I like to coach at the college level and SIU is just a little bigger than MacMurry."
Like most assistatant coaches, Jones has dreams of becoming the bead coach of some large college and starting his own baseball dynasty.
"Right now my objectives include trying to assist Joe Lutz in recruiting outstanding baseball prospects of the caliber that will help SIU go back Omaha and the College World Series and win it, " he said.
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