Former Titan player Chris Jones will get his feet wet at theDiv. I level as an undergraduate assistant coach on RickVanderhook's staff in 2012.
Jones, 26, returns to Fullerton following a successful stint asan assistant coach under CIF Coach of the Year Chris Ashbach atMission Viejo High School in 2011. There he was part of a staffthat guided the Diablos - including current Titans Willie Kuhl andAustin Saenz - to the CIF Southern Section championship at DodgerStadium.
Jones spent two seasons out of baseball from 2009 to 2010,working as a private investigator for Homeland Security.
Jones was a redshirt for the Titans in 2006, and logged playingtime for both George Horton's team in 2007 and Dave Serrano's squadin 2008. The right-handed hitting outfielder was a career .257hitter for the Titans over 67 career games and posted his bestnumbers (.272, 49 H, 1 HR, 33 RBI and 7 SB) as a junior in2007.
That season, the Titans advanced to the College World Series,where Jones started both games as the team's designated hitter. Henotched his only hit (a double) in Omaha in the longest game inCollege World Series history (5:40) versus UC Irvine.
Jones transferred to Cal State Fullerton after his freshmanseason at Texas A&M. In College Station, Jones was a pitcherfor Head Coach Mark Johnson. He had no decisions with an ERA of2.35 over 7.2 innings.
Jones was one of Baseball America's top 100 high schoolprospects out of Mission Viejo High School in 2004. He was a highschool All-American and was the South Coast League's most valuableplayer that same year.
He resides in San Clemente, Calif., and will be graduating witha degree in criminal justice in the spring.
Jones is engaged to his fiancé Cristina White and plansto marry in July 2012.