The PHSC men's basketball program was started by Bobby Bowman in 1991, who led the basketball program for 20 years. Coach Bowman ended his career with 334 career wins and was inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 1998, PHSC won its first FCCAA State Tournament and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in which the team finished in the elite 8. In 2010, the program switched to Division II status and appeared in the 2011 and 2012 regional tournament for the first time. In the 2015-2016 season, the PHSC men's basketball team finished in the top eight at the Region 10 Tournament. Other highlights include:
- Five State tournament appearances
- Three Suncoast Conference Championships
- Two Suncoast Conference Tournament Championships
- Four-time 'Top 20' NJCAA ranking
The men's basketball program transferred more than 96 players to four-year colleges in conferences such as the SEC, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, SoCon, MAC, MEAC, PBC, Sunshine State Conference, TSC, ASUN, and the GLVC. Additionally, many PHSC student athletes from the men's basketball program have gone on to play in professional basketball organizations such as the NBA Development League (NBADL) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
About the Coach
Micheal Jones, Head Coach
Jones is in his fifth year as head basketball coach at PHSC after previously serving as assistant coach under Bobby Bowman (2010-11) and James Johnson (2011-12). In the 2015-2016 season, Jones led the then PHSC Conquistadors* to the Region X Tournament where they finished in the top eight.
Prior to his coaching positions at PHSC, Jones played two seasons (1999-2001) under the leadership of Bobby Bowman. He helped lead the PHSC team to the Suncoast Conference championship (2000) and was named All-Conference (2000-01 season). Jones appeared in the FCCAA State Tournament (2000-01) and represented PHSC in the 2000 state All-Star game. In 2003, at Florida State University, Jones competed as a shot putter in men's track and field.
He began his athletic career at Challenger K8 in Spring Hill, Fla., where he coached middle school basketball for four years (2005-07) before accepting a position as assistant junior varsity high school basketball coach for Florida State University School in Tallahassee, Fla. (2007-09). Jones returned to coaching at the middle school level at West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville, Fla. where he was basketball coach and head football coach (2010-12). He was athletic director at Fox Chapel Middle School (2012-13) in Spring Hill, Fla., earning the the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for the athletic program's display of exemplary sportsmanship.
In addition to his coaching position, Jones works in the community with student athletes to help give back, teach sports fundamentals and offer positive life choices to at-risk youth. He has been working in the Brooksville community with Horace “Hi-C” Copland (former NFL Wide Receiver Tampa Bay Bucs) to help teach student athletes what life and athletics are all about.
Jones began his educational journey at PHSC, receiving his AA. He went on to earn a BS at Florida State University; an MS at Nova Southeastern University; and an MA from Argosy University.