Biographical Sketch

Married to Phyllis Davis Jones, father of three daughters, Carmin, Denise, Melinda, and one grand daughter, Kassidy. Live in South Fayette, Pa.  

Progenitor, and current Director of Youth Enrichment Services, a non-profit of 501(c) 3 community based organization that works with an average of 120 young students each year in a variety of mentoring, leadership, academic, career, and workforce development programs. A major emphasis over the past 17 years is the operation of a juvenile diversion from secure detention that YES has created and managed for over 1,000 10-14 year old boys and girls. Altogether YES has served over 3,000 young students from the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and many parts of West Virginia. 

Committees and Memberships

  • Executive Board, African Sport Management Association
  • Division Leader, Administrative Scientific Association of Canada
  • Member European Sport Management Association
  • Member American Public Health Association

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1988, University of Pittsburgh
    • Major: Health, Physical and Recreation Education
    • Area of Concentration: Sport Administration; Higher Education Administration
    • Area of Concentration: Sport Pedagogy and Teacher Education
  • Master of Science, 1979, West Virginia University
    • Major: Sport Sociology and Sport Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science, 1977, Concord University
    • Major: Physical Education (K-12), Speech, Secondary Education

Professional Highlights

  • Provided leadership to design and develop Blended Sport Management Master's Program into one of the most impressive, high quality, high placement rate, graduate programs in the University.
  • Built Collaborations with multiple international partners, including, Venezuela, Cayman Island, Canada, Africa, Europe. 
  • Designed an active International Sport Management Consortium comprised of multiple US partners, and collaborators. 
  • Created a Partnership with Rural WV and Urban Regional Community Based Partners to bring over 300 at risk students to the campus every fall for a career exploration and Big 12 football game.
  • Created a Community Based Summer time learning model that has won National awards and has been implemented in many communities throughout WV. "Project YES

Research Interests

  • Sport Development
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Diversity
  • Social Media Based Research as Platforms for Building Capacity