NCVF and the extended volleyball family mourns the passing of José Jones
With deep regret the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) sadly reports the passing of José Jones. José was an original member of the group that created the NCVF, and was a nationally respected coach, USA Volleyball referee, club volleyball commissioner, professional colleague, promoter, mentor and devoted friend. His pioneering work to create and grow playing opportunities positively influenced the lives of thousands of young men and women throughout the country.
José graduated from the University of North Alabama and Iowa State University. He held executive positions in a number of firms, specializing in retirement plans, human resource management, union negotiations and was a founder and the Management Director of Gold Bracket Sports, a firm headquartered in Minneapolis, José’s home at the time of his untimely death.
Among José’s countless volleyball affiliations, he was the Tournament Scheduler for the national collegiate volleyball championship tournament for nearly two decades and oversaw the development and management of the NCVF team and player registration system. Among his coaching activities, he was the former head coach at Bethel College and UW – Eau Claire. José founded and operated the Northern Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference and the Midwest Plains Volleyball Conference. As a coach for Team Sota, he mentored hundreds of junior male players, providing them with immeasurable positive direction and support.
NCVF President, Sante Perrelli says "we cannot say how profoundly sad we are at José's passing. He spearheaded so many different initiatives, helping us all to find the best way to grow opportunities for players, teams, coaches and officials at every level. We are grateful for having the honor of calling him our colleague and friend, and he will not be forgotten."
Gary Colberg, founder of the national collegiate club championship tournament and a NCVF Board member says “José was a mainstay at the national championship tournament, helping to grow the event from 92 teams in 1994 when José joined the championship staff, and developed the technical side of the administration to this year's 360 team event.” Gary adds that “José was an absolute joy to work with, always willing to lend his expertise in growing collegiate volleyball for both genders, embracing the addition of women into the national tournament in 1995. But it was his personality that has left an indelible imprint on all of us who worked along side of José, his cheerful attitude toward life and his deep faith in the Almighty that I will always remember him for."
José and Doug Hinton, NCVF National Championship Tournament Director, worked tirelessly with USA Volleyball to produce the largest collegiate volleyball tournament in the history of the sport. As the Tournament Scheduler, José lead a crew of devoted former club volleyball players who staffed tournament play under his exceptional direction. Hinton says “José was a dear friend and better colleague and I will cherish the time that I was able to spend with him in collaborating on running this event and learning from his knowledge and experience. Although it is an enormous undertaking, we shared a passion and desire to make this the best event possible for the collegiate athletes and working with José made the stressful experience more enjoyable. This tournament will not be the same without his presence and his laugh echoing in the background.”
NCVF Vice President Anne Pufahl long worked with José as a certified USA Volleyball official and fondly remembers his dedication to all things volleyball. Anne says "upon hearing the very sad news of José's passing it just makes us realize just how precious life is. I will forever remember José infectious laugh and broad grin. He lived and loved life, finding humor in each and every day. As an official José brought expected respect from the participants and for the game. Volleyball was his life and passion and he generously shared it with everyone who entered into his life. José has left his legacy with this tournament and will always be remembered by the past and future tournament participants. I feel blessed that José was my friend."
The NCVF will make its best efforts to pass along more information as it becomes available. In his memory, the NCVF extends its thanks and appreciations for all those who have offed support and condolences at this difficult time.