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Jones takes coaching job at American

In a press conference yesterday, American University Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced that former Virginia men's basketball coach Jeff Jones has signed a five-year contract to coach the Eagles.

Jones, who served as an associate head coach at Rhode Island this season, coached the Cavaliers from 1990-98. He led Virginia to five NCAA Tournament berths, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1994-95, and the 1992 National Invitation Tournament title.

"His proven leadership ability and effectiveness as a teacher and as a communicator, along with his passion and confidence was evident as we moved through the entire search process," McElroy said.

Jones replaced Terry Holland at the Virginia helm in 1990 at the age of 29, making him the youngest head coach in ACC history. He compiled a 146-104 record in eight years with the Cavs.

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    Jones resigned in 1998 after Virginia was eliminated in the first round of the ACC Tournament to cap an 11-19 season.

    Decision delayed

    The Alumni Association Board of Managers did not release its decision yesterday concerning how to revamp the Jefferson Scholars Program to meet NCAA regulations.

    Third-year wrestler Jason Bernd and third-year rower Jennifer Blomberg were declared ineligible to compete athletically after the Virginia Athletic Department ruled the Jefferson Scholarship was inadmissible financial aid under NCAA regulations in late January.

    Jefferson Scholars Foundation President James H. Wright and Alumni Association Executive Director John B. Syer said the board will announce its proposal when all details have been finalized.

    Spanish eyes

    Virginia swimming coach Mark Bernardino has been selected as an assistant coach for the men's United States National Junior Team. The team, composed of boys aged 17 and under, will compete in the 2000 Junior Team International Competition held in Barcelona, Spain, May 23-25.

    Splendid spikers

    The Virginia volleyball team's 2000 recruiting class was ranked sixth best in the nation by Volleyball Magazine.

    The ranking, which does not factor in the recent signing of 5-foot-9 outside hitter Whitney Ashcraft, is the highest in Cav history.

    The class previously featured four high schoolers, including a trio of players on the All-Stater Magazine's Super 75 list: 6-2 middle blocker Shannon Boyle, 6-2 outside hitter Katie Synan and 5-8 setter Abby Whittenburg. Paige Davis, a 5-10 outside hitter, rounds out the quartet.