Long Beach State Loses A Coach, Educator In Dwight Jones
Nov. 27, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Former 49er head coach Dwight Jones passed away last Wednesday after a sudden brain aneurysm. Jones was the head coach of the men's basketball program for four years, and led the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament following the 1976-77 season.
Jones posted a 70-40 record in four years as the head coach at Long Beach State, where he assumed the reins in 1974 after working as an assistant coach with both Jerry Tarkanian and Lute Olson. In his four seasons at the helm, the 49ers tied for the PCAA championship twice and won outright in his first season, 1974-75.
His .636 winning percentage remains the third best in school history, and his 1976-77 team, anchored by Lloyd McMillian, reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history. Jones was also part of the last staff to win an NCAA Tournament game at Long Beach State as an assistant during the 1972-73 season.
Jones left Long Beach State after the 1977-78 season, and took a position as the principal of Rivera Middle School in Pico Rivera. He finished his professional career at El Rancho Adult School, again serving as the school principal until his retirement. He was 70.