One of the most decorated players to come through the renowned UC San Diego women's soccer program, Kristin Jones is in her 12th season as a Triton assistant coach in 2015.
Having jumped straight into coaching at her alma mater in 2004 after exhausting her eligibility, Jones was elevated to the top assistant position under her former head coach, Brian McManus, prior to the start of the 2006 campaign. She assists with all aspects of the team in addition to on-field coaching, including recruiting, scheduling, budgeting, travel and camps. All told, 2015 marks the 16th season in succession of Jones' time at UCSD.
During Jones' 11 years on McManus' staff, the Tritons have posted an overall record of 159-44-32 (.745) with four California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles, eight NCAA Division II Championship appearances and two national runner-up placements.
A gifted forward donning the No. 9 shirt in Triton blue and gold, Jones helped usher in the Division II era at UCSD as it won back-to-back national crowns in 2000 and 2001 immediately after moving from Division III. She punctuated her freshman season by assisting on the game-winner with just 15 seconds left in regulation to edge Northern Kentucky, 2-1, in the 2000 championship game in Miami Shores, Fla. Jones followed that moment up by tallying the title-clinching goal in the 78th minute of a 2-0 victory over Christian Brothers at Triton Soccer Stadium and being named the 2001 NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. From 2000-03, Jones' teams went 75-10-2 (.874), earning four consecutive CCAA banners and NCAA postseason berths and advancing to the national semifinals on three occasions.
Jones completed her illustrious college career with 78 matches played, 61 starts, 26 goals, eight of them game-winners, 29 assists and 81 total points. A two-time All-America, three-time first-team NSCAA All-West Region and three-time All-CCAA selection, she was named the 2003 CCAA Player of the Year after producing team-leading totals of 10 goals and 12 assists as a senior. Jones, also one of 13 UCSD Athletes of the Year for 2003-04, still ranks No. 6 on the program's all-time list in career assists.
Alongside her duties at UCSD, Jones is currently the director of coaching with the La Jolla Youth Soccer League and the girl's varsity head coach at La Jolla High School. She has guided LJHS to five CIF San Diego Section Division III finals in the past six years, with a pair of titles in 2009 and 2011 and two CIF Southern California Regional Soccer Championships runner-up showings. Jones was chosen the 2009 CIFSDS Coach of the Year.
Jones previously assisted McManus with the organization of the La Jolla Nomads Soccer Club for six years, earning a promotion to assistant director of the girl's program in 2008.
Jones earned her bachelor's degree from UCSD in human development in 2004. The San Diego native starred in her prep days at Oceanside High School. An enthusiast of international soccer and loyal supporter of famed English club Manchester United, Jones attended the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, and was also in Lisbon, Portugal, during the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final there. She was at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada this past summer.