FRANKLIN, Ind. –Franklin College director of athletics Kerry Prather announced on Tuesday (Jul. 3) afternoon that Brad Jones will become the Grizzlies' new head women's softball coach.
Jones takes over for Butch Zike, who retired after this past season's 30-12 campaign that featured the program's first-ever Heartland College Athletic Conference tournament championship and first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Prather said of the appointment, "Brad brings to this position a lifelong passion for sports, an outstanding resume as a softball player, and valuable coaching experience. He has engaged with our softball program over the past several years and gotten to know the players and coaches. Those relationships will make this transition a smooth and successful one."
"I'm excited to get back into coaching at the college level and to work with these young women," Jones added. "It's exciting to join a program that has grown into a perennial contender in the HCAC and one that is coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance. I'm familiar with the players in the program, and I'm looking forward to helping them all develop athletically and academically.
A 1984 graduate of Franklin himself, Jones was a four-year letter winner for the Grizzly baseball and basketball teams. After graduation, he played professional basketball in Australia, then returned to his alma mater as assistant men's basketball coach from 1990 to 1996.
When he returned to the states, Jones also resumed a playing career on the diamond, earning six national softball championships and earning a spot in the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Jones currently serves on the Franklin Little League board, the Franklin Youth Baseball board and on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin. He will continue to serve as the Business Office Manager at Franklin College.