Before Tulane began its 114th baseball season against Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night, the school announced a special honor for legendary former coach Rick Jones.
Jones, arguably the most accomplished coach in school history for any sport, will have his jersey No. 10 retired May 2 in a ceremony during a Saturday game against Cincinnati. He guided the Green Wave to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005, a super regional in 2004 and to nine consecutive regionals from 1998 to 2006.
Jones coached Tulane for 21 years from 1994 to 2014, going 818-445-2 with 12 regional appearances. Ten of his teams won 40 or more games, and the Wave averaged 40 wins in his first 20 years before he resigned for health reasons during the 2014 season. The College World Series appearances are the only ones in school history.
He was named Conference USA baseball coach of the year in 1997, 2001 and 2005, the league’s coach of the decade in 2005 and was selected national coach of the year by Baseball America after guiding Tulane to a 56-12 record in 2005 and the No. 1 seed in the College World Series.
In his tenure, 54 players were named first-team All-Conference and 22…