Tom Jones served as Washington and Lee’s head athletic trainer for 33 years, providing outstanding care to countless W&L athletes from his arrival in 1970 until his retirement in 2003.
Jones graduated from nearby Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in Biology in 1960. Following military service in the U. S. Navy Air Force, he obtained a degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. Jones served as a graduate assistant trainer in the sports medicine program at the University of Virginia for the 1967-68 school year and he went on to serve as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Georgia from 1968-70 before being hired at W&L by then-Athletic Director Gene Corrigan in 1970.
Jones quickly established himself as one of the top individuals in his profession and proved a valuable member of the University community.
Within his profession, he served as the head athletic trainer for the North-South All-Star Lacrosse Game from 1971-77 and was the secretary (1986-88), vice-president (1988-90) and president (1990-92) of the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association. During his term as Secretary, he promulgated the first VATA Newsletter. While serving as president of the association, Jones created a scholarship program to help students pursuing careers in the athletic training field. He also received the National Athletic Trainers Association’s 25-year Membership Certificate, the Service Award and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.
Jones' guidance of the athletic training program has helped to expand the staffing at W&L from one trainer in 1970 to four staff members as of his retirement. In all, he has mentored over 50 individuals who have gone on to careers in athletic training or the medical profession.
His influence on campus cannot be understated as well. In 1984, Jones received the Glenn Grant to conduct a study on the effects of coeducation on the athletic programs of previously all-male institutions. He was the first member of the W&L athletic department ever to have received the grant. He was also the only athletic department representative to have served on the school’s admissions committee. His tireless work ethic and dedication to Washington and Lee is best exemplified by the fact that he never missed a day of work in his 33 years.