Events begin at 4 p.m. ET
Former 400-meter star now a volunteer assistant with the Buckeyes
OSU hosts Buckeye Classic Friday at French Field House
Events set for 5:00 p.m. ET
Richard Jones will coach sprints and Jackie Ulm will coach throws
Photos by Jay LaPrete
Richard Jones is in his third season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Buckeyes after spending 10 years as head coach at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio. At Hartley, his teams rewrote the state record books in all sprint events in Division II. Over a four year stretch, the team was either state champion (2009, 2011) or state runners-up (2008, 2010). His teams were consistently ranked as one of the top in the state and several athletes and relays were nationally ranked. In 2010 he coached his first national championship team in the 4x200-meter relay.
Competing for the Buckeyes from 1992-1996, Jones was a multiple Big Ten champion, All-American and national champion in 1993 as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. From 1996-2001, he was a volunteer coach for the Buckeyes while training to compete for his native country of Guyana, who he represented in the 1996 Olympics running the 400 meter and 4x400-meter relay.