Jones hired by UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida has hired Donnie Jones as its new head coach.

The university made the announcement Monday.

Jones went 55-41 in three seasons at Marshall, including a 24-10 mark this season. The Thundering Herd played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament this postseason.

Jones was an assistant coach at Marshall before following Billy Donovan to Florida in 1996. He returned to Marshall as head coach in 2007 after the Gators won back-to-back national titles.

He replaces Kirk Speraw, who was fired after 17 years at UCF.