The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

September 5, 2013

WVU assistant AD dies

MORGANTOWN — Curtis Jones Jr., who was beginning his second year as associate athletic director for academic support at West Virginia University, died suddenly Wednesday morning.

Jones was 40. No cause was given for his death.

Jones administered the the student services division for the athletic department while directly overseeing academic support for Mountaineer football.

“The Mountaineer athletic family is overwhelmed with sorrow at the sudden passing of Curtis Jones. In his brief time with West Virginia University, he brought passion and professionalism to his position as the head of academic support for all of our WVU student-athletes,” said director of athletics Oliver Luck.

“He was a beloved figure among the coaches, fellow administrators and student-athletes. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, particularly with his wife, Mary Ellen Jones, a valued member of our Mountaineer family.”

“Curtis Jones was a close friend, a role model to our players and a true professional,” added WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen. “His loss will be felt by all of us in many ways. On behalf of WVU football, I offer my deepest sympathies to Mary Ellen and all of Curtis’ family.”

Jones came to WVU from Texas, where he spent three years coordinating the Longhorns’ football academic support services program as the school’s assistant athletic director.

Prior to that, he was the assistant athletic director for student development at USF for two years (2008-09), assistant director of athletic academic affairs at Oklahoma (2005-08), assistant athletic director for the Sooners’ compliance program (2003-05), and he also served as director of football operations for the University of Missouri for two years (1999-2000).

Jones worked for two years at Nike as the product line manager for baseball and football footwear at its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. He also worked as an account manager for the Zipatoni Co. and Wieden & Kennedy, marketing and advertising agencies, servicing industry-leading national corporate accounts.

He was a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics APR Consultants.

“Curtis was an incredible person both professionally and personally,” said associate athletic director for governance and compliance Keli Cunningham. “The positive impact he made on our program would be completely underestimated if I tried to explain it in words. He will be deeply missed, and I am so grateful for the time we shared with him.”

Curtis earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1995 from Dartmouth and received a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising from Missouri in 1998. He was a four-year letter winner on the Dartmouth baseball team.

 Jones is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, who serves as the director of sports administration at WVU. He also leaves behind his mother, Gwen, who calls Columbia, Mo., home, and brother Corby and sister Kirra.

Brother Corby was a star quarterback at the University of Missouri.

1
Text Only
WVU Sports
  • HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Toole joins long list of eccentric WVU kickers, punters

    The star of the Big 12’s annual football media day wasn’t a star at all.
    He intrigued the media far more than Bob Stoops, the coach of preseason favorite Oklahoma, and more than Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, the preseason player of the year.

    July 25, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Five major sports topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers.
    However, he told me he faces knee-replacement surgery. So he’s going to find it necessary to give up bowling during a period of rehab. Hart has competed in an amazing total of 45 U.S. Bowling Congress tournaments during his outstanding career.

    July 25, 2014

  • LINDLEY COLUMN: Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.

    July 24, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Toole joins long list of eccentric WVU kickers, punters

    The star of the Big 12’s annual football media day wasn’t a star at all.

    July 24, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Five major sports topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers.

    July 24, 2014

  • WVU, N.C. State to meet in football

    Following a trend of creating non-conference games against regional opponents, West Virginia University has reached agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.
    The Mountaineers are scheduled to play N.C. State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.

    July 24, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Cheating pays’ remark should draw attention

    When Bob Bowlsby, the outspoken commissioner of the Big 12, presented his opening-day picture of the future of college sports in Dallas for the annual media day gathering, his bleak comments were not unexpected.

    July 24, 2014

  • ‘Cheating pays’ remark should draw attention

    When Bob Bowlsby, the outspoken commissioner of the Big 12, presented his opening-day picture of the future of college sports in Dallas for the annual media day gathering, his bleak comments were not unexpected.

    July 23, 2014

  • WVU, N.C. State to meet in football

    Following a trend of creating non-conference games against regional opponents, West Virginia University has reached agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.

    July 23, 2014

  • WVU, Tennessee finalize 2018 meeting

    West Virginia University and Tennessee have finalized their season-opening, Sept. 1, 2018, meeting in Charlotte, N.C., at Bank of America Stadium.
    Both teams will receive $2.5 million for the game and have a chance to earn up to $3.2 million with ticket incentives.
    Each team will buy 12,500 tickets and set aside 2,000 of its allotment for students.
    The game, played on the home field of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, is being put on by the Charlotte Sports Federation.

    July 23, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos