Former Titan player Chris Jones will get his feet wet at the
Div. I level as an undergraduate assistant coach on Rick
Vanderhook's staff in 2012.
Jones, 26, returns to Fullerton following a successful stint as
an assistant coach under CIF Coach of the Year Chris Ashbach at
Mission Viejo High School in 2011. There he was part of a staff
that guided the Diablos - including current Titans Willie Kuhl and
Austin Saenz - to the CIF Southern Section championship at Dodger
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 playing
time for both George Horton's team in 2007 and Dave Serrano's squad
in 2008. The right-handed hitting outfielder was a career .257
hitter for the Titans over 67 career games and posted his best
numbers (.272, 49 H, 1 HR, 33 RBI and 7 SB) as a junior in
That season, the Titans advanced to the College World Series,
where Jones started both games as the team's designated hitter. He
notched his only hit (a double) in Omaha in the longest game in
College World Series history (5:40) versus UC Irvine.
Jones transferred to Cal State Fullerton after his freshman
season at Texas A&M. In College Station, Jones was a pitcher
for Head Coach Mark Johnson. He had no decisions with an ERA of
2.35 over 7.2 innings.
Jones was one of Baseball America's top 100 high school
prospects out of Mission Viejo High School in 2004. He was a high
school All-American and was the South Coast League's most valuable
player that same year.
He resides in San Clemente, Calif., and will be graduating with
a degree in criminal justice in the spring.
Jones is engaged to his fiancé Cristina White and plans
to marry in July 2012.