In his third season leading Old Dominion, Jeff Jones and the Monarchs won the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament. ODU won a total of 25 games during the 2015-16 season, while winning 15 of its last 18 contests. The Monarchs fell just two points shy of punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, losing a 55-53 heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA Championship.
Jones had his point guard, Trey Freeman, earn First Team All Conference USA honors for the second straight season, while leading the C-USA in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game, which ranked No. 11 in the country. Freeman also led the entire country in made field goals with 323.
Also in 2016, forward Brandan Stith was named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team, while teammate Zoran Talley was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Over the past two seasons, Jones has led Old Dominion to 52 wins, which ranks in the top 20 nationally.
Jefferson joined the ODU Monarch Basketball staff in May of 2016 after spending seven seasons as the head coach at South Kent School in Connecticut. Jefferson served an assistant coach under Jeff Jones at American University from 2001-05.
At South Kent, Jefferson helped develop six NBA players, as well as current Monarch, Aaron Carver.
Prior to his stint at South Kent, Jefferson coached at Vermont from 1999-2001, at Stony Brook from 2005-2007 and at Colgate from 2007-2008.
Jefferson is known as a tireless recruiter who is well connected.
A native of Norwalk, CT, Jefferson is a 1995 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a bachelor of science in journalism.
Richardson is in his fifth season back with the basketball Monarchs and his tenth season overall at ODU after serving as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 2010-12. During his tenure, the Monarchs have had three NCAA appearances, a CIT postseason championship, a Vegas 16 postseason championship and both NIT and CBI semifinal appearances.
In 2015-16, Old Dominion won the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament, while compiling 25 wins and winning 15 of its last 18 contests. The Monarchs fell just two points shy of punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, losing a 55-53 heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA Championship.
Richardson helped Trey Freeman earn First Team All Conference USA honors for the second straight season, while leading the C-USA in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game, which ranked No. 11 in the country. Freeman also led the entire country in made field goals with 323. Read More
Stith is in his fourth season with the ODU basketball team under head coach Jeff Jones. He has been a pivotal asset to the Monarch program that has claimed 70 victories in three seasons after winning just five in 2012-13.
In 2015-16, Stith helped ODU win the inaugural Vegas 16 Championship. He assisted Trey Freeman in earning First Team All Conference USA honors for the second straight season. Also in 2016, his son Brandan Stith was named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team, while teammate Zoran Talley was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
In his second year at ODU, Stith helped guide the squad to a 27-8 overall mark and an unblemished 20-0 record at home. In postseason play, Stith helped lead Old Dominion to victories over Charleston Southern, Illinois State and Murray State en route to an NIT Semifinal berth at Madison Square Garden. Read More
Special Assistant To Men's Basketball Coach
Kieran Donohue is in his fourth season at ODU, serving as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach for the Monarch basketball squad and has helped turnaround a program that won just five games in 2012-13 through his day-to-day operations.
ODU has won 70 games over the last three seasons and over the past two seasons, the Monarchs have won 52 games, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. In 2015-16, Old Dominion advanced to the Conference USA Championship, before winning the inaugural Vegas 16 Championship, while compiling a 25-13 overall record.
The Monarchs posted a 27-8 mark in 2014-15 and reached the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden after defeating Charleston Southern, Illinois State and Murray State in the opening rounds.
Chris Kovensky is in his sixth year as the Monarchs Video Coordinator. His responsibilities include the coordination of filming practice, film exchange with opponents and scout tapes. Chris is a 2011 graduate of Old Dominion University with a M.S. degree in sports management.
Prior to coming to ODU, Chris played collegiately in football and basketball at Albright College where he graduated with degrees in fine arts and business administration. Chris, a native of Hollidaysburg, PA., is the son of Susan Kovensky.
Director of Basketball Operations
Jeff Jones named Dennis Wolff as director of operations in June of 2016. Wolff was a former assistant coach to Jones at the University of Virginia from 1990-94.
Wolff served as the head women's basketball coach at Virginia Tech from 2011-16, posting a 61-93 record. In his inaugural season with the Hokies, Wolff guided Virginia Tech to an improved ACC record that featured a milestone win over then No. 8 nationally ranked Maryland. Tech's win over the 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins marked the first time in over a decade that the Hokies have defeated a team ranked eighth or better and just the third time in team history.
In 2015, the Hokies went on a historic run in the ACC Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinal round for the first time since joining the league 10 years ago. Wolff served one season as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations & Assistant to the Head Coach for the Virginia Tech men's basketball program, where he assisted head coach Seth Greenberg in the day-to-day operations of the basketball program.