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Thomas Jones

Inducted: 1977, coach

Born: November 14, 1877 - Cresco, Iowa
Deceased: April 30, 1969

Career Highlights

  • Jones' Wisconsin Badgers won 15 Big Ten championships, including nine in cross country.

The head track coach at the University of Wisconsin from 1913 to 1948, Tom Jones capped his coaching career by serving as an assistant coach with the 1948 Olympic team. During his 35 years with the Badgers, Jones produced 15 Big Ten championship teams, nine of them in cross country. He coached some of the finest distance runners in U.S. track history, including Walter Mehl, Chuck Fenske and Don Gehrmann. Another of his famous athletes was Arlie Mucks, a 1912 Olympian who was among the dominant U.S. weightmen during the World War I era. In 1921, Jones, along with famed football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg of Chicago and John Griffith (also in the Hall of Fame) started the first NCAA outdoor track championships.


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