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Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones coaches the Montana State volleyball team during a match in Bozeman.

BOZEMAN — Daniel Jones is no longer the provisional mentor of the Montana State volleyball program. On Wednesday, Bobcats athletic director Leon Costello removed the interim tag, officially making Jones the 11th head coach in program history.

“Daniel is the right coach to lead the MSU volleyball program,” Costello said. “He is committed to the academic and athletic achievement of our student-athletes and continuing to build a program that will compete for Big Sky Conference championships. He has also assembled a great staff with the same qualities and I am excited for the future of MSU volleyball.”

Jones, who recently completed his third season with the Bobcats and his first leading the club, guided Montana State to a 10-16 overall mark and a 6-10 Big Sky slate this fall. The Bobcats doubled its win total from 2016 and were in the hunt for a Big Sky Conference Tournament berth heading into the final week of play.

Highlighting Jones’ interim season was a win over Big Sky Conference champion North Dakota in Grand Forks to snap the Fighting Hawks’ 20-match home court win streak and a tournament championship at Utah State with victories over the Aggies, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific. In addition, he led the Bobcats to a season sweep of rival Montana.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to lead the Bobcat volleyball program into the future, which is very bright,” Jones said. “In these situations there are a lot of people to thank, I would like to start by expressing my deepest gratitude to (MSU) president Waded Cruzado, athletic director Leon Costello and associate athletic director Camie Bechtold for their faith and belief in me, our staff and team.

“Their support and guidance through this process has been very humbling, and greatly appreciated.”

Jones took over as interim coach after J.J. Riley departed before the start of the 2017 season.

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