NEW ORLEANS -- After 21 years, Tulane University is losing a familiar face for its baseball team. Head coach Rick Jones announced his retirement Friday.
In total, Jones led the Green Wave baseball program to 12 NCAA appearances and 818 victories.
"For my well-being, and for the well-being of this program that I love so much, it is in the best interest for both that I step down," Jones said. "I want thank Kevin White and Dr. Eamon Kelly for hiring me, and I want to especially thank Rick Dickson and Dr. Scott Cowen for giving me the opportunity to be here for so long. I will always bleed green. I love this place, and I love this city and I've loved the opportunity I had here. I want to also thank all of my former players and coaches for helping me make so many great memories. Lastly, I want to thank our fans for being so loyal to me and the program. I will be sitting in the stands and pulling for the Green Wave just like I was when I was in the dugout."
Jones finished his time as the baseball coach as the winningest coach in Tulane athletics history.
"In making this announcement, Tulane is losing one of its coaching icons today," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "The standard created by Rick Jones over the last 21 years is exemplary and stands tall not only for Tulane but all of college baseball."
Jones had missed the second half of the 2014 season after falling ill in late March, though school officials said his illness is not considered life threatening.