U11 (5th) Black
Coach Ivan Jones
Coach Ivan Jones is entering his 10th year with The Fairfax Stars Basketball Program. He started his tenure with The Stars as the head coach of the U13 Maroon Boys’ Team & assistant coach of the U12 Black Boys’ Team. Since then he has coached the 14, 15, 16 & 17U boy’s teams along with 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade girls team. This year he will be the head coach of the girls 4th grade Black team.
Coach Jones is a former assistant intermediate school, JV, and Varsity boy’s basketball coach at The Potomac School in McLean, VA. He has also served as an assistant intermediate school football and lacrosse coach at Potomac. Jones is currently in his 2nd year as an assistant girls’ varsity basketball coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA.
Jones believes in “Hard Work & Dedication to Your Craft” and implements this motto into his coaching regiment. He feels that if you are not giving 110% of yourself in everything that you do there’s no need to do anything at all. For Jones it’s all about teaching life skills and lessons through the sport of basketball. He is a strong believer in making sure that his players are taught the fundamentals and proper mechanics of the game.
Jones has put together a very aggressive tournament/showcase play schedule for this year’s 4th grade team where the student athletes will be able to compete at the highest level amongst the top competitors across the country.
This year Coach Jones will once again team up with Coach Leon Smith to teach and direct this year’s 4th grade team. Coach Smith & Coach Jones had a very successful run last year with the 3rd grade girls’ team in tournament play up and down the East Coast. They look forward to another great season with the very talented group of baby ballers that make up the class of 2026.