Charles "CJ" Jones, Central Connecticut
CCSU Director of Athletics • 1995-09
When you think of Charles “CJ” Jones, you think of someone of who bleeds blue.
A name synonymous with Central Connecticut, Jones spent 44 years in the Blue Devil family as a student-athlete, coach and administrator before retiring in 2009 following a distinguished career.
Most notably, Jones served as CCSU’s Director of Athletics during a time of exponential growth from 1995-09.
Jones wasted little time in finding time CCSU a home in the Northeast Conference in 1997. During his tenure, the Blue Devils won a combined 42 NEC regular season and tournament championships, including three men’s basketball titles in 2000, 2002 and 2007. CCSU earned a historic NCAA win in women’s soccer in 2003, and the men’s soccer team made a run to the Sweet 16 in 2007.
Jones served on numerous NEC committees, including the baseball, basketball and football sport committees and the NEC Membership Committee.
He oversaw the renovation of CCSU’s outdoor athletic facilities, with new turf fields for baseball, softball and soccer. Kaiser Hall underwent major renovations, including new administrative and coaches’ offices and locker rooms for all of its athletic teams, as well as a new lobby area. Detrick Gymnasium also underwent a major facelift under his watch, complete with a new floor, scoreboard and bleachers for the general admission side of the gym.
His commitment to gender equity was recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2000, which ranked CCSU first among NEC members for participation and scholarship levels among its women’s varsity teams.
In 2002, Jones was selected to sit on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships/Competition Cabinet Issues Committee.
Jones was a standout guard for CCSU who played for legendary coach Bill Detrick. He also played baseball at Central and graduated in 1969 with a degree in English and minor in Physical Education. Jones went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Educational Foundations from Central Connecticut in 1972.
He stepped immediately into coaching as a graduate assistant for the Blue Devil basketball program and served as an assistant coach until the 1987-88 season, when he was named interim head coach.
Jones also served as the University’s Director of Educational Support Services (1987-95), where he directed the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (CONNCAP), and the Student Services Program. He previously served in roles as the school’s Coordinator of Minority Student Services (1985-1987) and Director of Educational Opportunity Programs (1970-1985).
Jones received the Harrison J. Kaiser Alumni Award for his service to the University in 1989 and the University’s Distinguished Service Award in 1991-92. He was honored with the Black Alumni Outstanding Service Award in 1984, the Student-Senate Recognition Award in 1983, and the Volunteer Service Award in 1995. Jones was also the recipient of the Vin Baker Foundation
He is a member of the CCSU Alumni Board, the Friendship Center Board of Trustees, the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Executive Board and the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.
Jones was inducted into the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.