Willie Jones, former assistant at the University of Maryland, and Bessie Stockard, former Federal City College and American University head coach, formally were named University of the District of Columbia men's and women's basketball coaches, respectively, yesterday.
It is Stockard's second coaching stint with the school. She guided Federal City College to a 155-30 mark and national prominence in eight years before bing fired over a dispute with FCC's athletic director in 1976. (FCC, Washington Tech and D.C. Teachers College were later amalgamated to form UDC.)
Stockard then coached at American University for two years, where her teams compiled a 27-6 mark. Last summer, she was dismissed from American because of conflicts with the administration over Stockard's not holding a required faculty teaching position at the school-she was then and still is an instructor at UDC.
Stockard, who also narrates a weekly women's sports show on local radio, was confident in an acceptance speech at an athletic banquet as the Sheraton Park Hotel yesterday.
"As you all know, this (coaching) is a numbers game," Stockard said. "I don't like double digits, I like No. 1."
Jones is known locally as much for his playing ability as for his coaching. The former Dunbar High All-Met earned small college All-America honors in 1960 at AU. Jones hold 11 Eagles records, including all the school's scoring marks.
He played one year in the old American Basketball League (1961) and later asisted at Arlington's Wakefield High. From there, Jones moved to a head position at Robinson High in Fairfax County, where his teams posted a 76-10 record.
Jones became Lefty Driesell's assistant at Maryland in 1976. He unsuccessfully applied for AU's vacant head coaching positionlast year.
"My goal is to win 375 games in the next 12 years," Jones said. "We also will put competitive pressure on Howard and Georgetown."