SANTA FE — NMHU baseball head coach Steve Jones was recently recognized by the New Mexico State Senate for eclipsing the 500 career wins milestone this season.
Jones is currently in his 16th season at the helm of the Cowboys.
Since his arrival at NMHU in 1997, Jones has turned the program into a perennial postseason contender. His Cowboy teams have appeared in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs in 13 of 15 seasons, competing in the RMAC tournament championship game six times and winning RMAC titles in 2000, 2005, and 2010.
The Cowboys won RMAC regular season championships in 2000 and 2010 and won the RMAC Plains Division Championship in 2012. Coach Jones’ Cowboy Baseball teams have been participants in the NCAA Division II regional in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2012. His teams have won a school record 41 games in 2001, 2010, and 2012.
Several of Jones’ players have been selected as All-Conference, All-Region, and All-Americans. He has also produced several professional baseball players from the Cowboy baseball program.
Prior to coming to NMHU, Jones was an assistant at the University of California-Davis where he was in charge of the offense. The Aggies won conference championships in 1993 and 1994, receiving bids to the NCAA Division II Western Regionals in 1993, 1994, and 1995, finishing second twice and winning the 1995 Western Regional and taking fifth place in the D-II World Series that year.
Jones finished his playing career at Fort Hays State University and earned his degree in physical education from California State University-Chico.