Rick Jones led Tulane to the greatest heights in college baseball, guided them to the sacred grounds of Omaha, and retired a few years ago as one of the best coaches in the state.

Jones deserves a place in Louisiana baseball history, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is giving him his due as a member of the induction Class of 2016.

He collected more than 1,000 career wins, and his 800+ wins at Tulane make him a Green Wave legend. He coached 22 All-Americans, and more than 50 of his players were selected in the MLB Draft. The most satisfying part of his resume has nothing to do with baseball though.

According to Tulane’s records, every player Jones coached for four years ended up getting their degrees. Coaches aren’t supposed to just win games. They’re supposed to lead men, and his players made him proud in the classroom.

Jones hopped on the ESPN 1420 airwaves days before his induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and he talked about his approach to the game, how he educated his players on the ways of life and the influences that kept him going throughout an incredibly successful career.