Old Dominion men’s basketball coach Jeff Jones, 63, suffered a heart attack Wednesday night in Hawaii and was admitted to a hospital in Honolulu.

The school lost to TCU, 111-87, on Thursday in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Jones is expected to make a full recovery.

“He is resting comfortably and expecting a full recovery,” Old Dominion said in a statement.

The veteran coach will be held for observation for 48-72 hours.



Assistant coach Kieran Donohue will be ODU’s interim head coach for the remainder of the tournament, the school said. After Thursday, Old Dominion is scheduled to play two more games in Hawaii.

Jones has spent 31 seasons as a coach, the past 11 with Old Dominion. He has led the Monarchs to a 203-132 record.

Jones played at Virginia alongside Ralph Sampson in the early 1980s and became the youngest head coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history at 29 when he became Cavaliers coach in 1990.

He spent 13 years as head coach at American before joining Old Dominion for the 2013-14 season. Jones has led teams to eight NCAA tournament appearances, the last coming with the Monarchs in 2019.

Fox News added:

The timetable for Jones’ return to the bench remains unclear.

“Coach Jones and his family would like to thank Dr. Brandon Itagaki and the team at the Honolulu Straub Medical Center, along with ODU associate head athletic trainer Jason Mitchell for their prompt care and medical expertise,” the university’s statement added.

Jones has a 203-131 record at ODU. He started his coaching career in 1990 at Virginia.

Jones began his coaching career in 1982 when he served as an assistant at Virginia. He served as the Cavaliers’ head coach from 1990-98, leading them to five NCAA tournament appearances.

In 2021, Old Dominion University required all on-campus students, faculty and staff to receive the experimental COVID-19 shot or provide a completed exemption form.

“In the coming weeks, Old Dominion University’s students and staff will have to wear masks and prove their COVID-19 vaccine statuses to attend classes on campus,” 13News Now reported in August 2021.

“That rule stands whether you’re vaccinated or not – and the university is requiring students and staff to get those COVID-19 vaccinations or submit to weekly coronavirus testing. There are medical and religious exemptions, but if you don’t qualify for those, Hemphill’s letter said the university will need proof of vaccination by Sept. 1,” the outlet wrote.

13News Now provided a letter ODU’s president Dr. Brian Hemphill sent to students and staff:

Dear Monarch Nation:

As our students, faculty and staff are eager to return to campus while COVID-19 cases are surging due to the Delta variant, a number of proactive mitigation measures are being implemented to ensure a safe and successful Fall 2021 semester. As outlined below, these measures are aimed at both promoting and protecting the health and well-being of our immediate campus, the local community and the broader region. Additionally, these measures are in accordance with recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, while also following similar actions being taken across many sectors of our society.

Required Indoor Masking for All (Effective August 16, 2021)

As the presence and spread of the Delta variant has significantly increased, the most recent public health research shows that all individuals, including those vaccinated, can spread COVID-19 to others. As a result, the CDC now recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while in public indoor settings. Therefore, effective August 16, 2021 and until further notice, Old Dominion University will require face masks that cover both the mouth and nose fully in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms, facilities and buildings, except when eating or drinking.

Vaccination Requirement and Related Documentation (Effective September 1, 2021)

As the vaccine remains the most effective means of responding to the pandemic, all on-campus students, faculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated by September 1, 2021. Exemptions can be requested for medical reasons or religious beliefs. All unvaccinated individuals, including those with a medical or religious exemption, will be subject to required weekly testing.

Students, faculty and staff will be required to upload proof of vaccination or a medical or religious exemption to the Monarch Wellness Portal, which is a secure online platform. Exemptions can be requested utilizing the Medical Exemption Form, which must be completed by a health care provider, or the Religious Exemption Form for Faculty and Staff or the Religious Exemption Form for Students, which must include a notary. Please note that fully online students, faculty and staff, meaning those who never visit the ODU campus or affiliated higher education centers, are not required to be vaccinated or submit documentation.


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