Ronnie Jones (American football coach)

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Ronnie Jones
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1955-10-17) October 17, 1955 (age 59)
Dumas, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1983
1984
1985–1986
1987–1990
1991
1992
1993
1994–1995
1996–1999
2000
2001
2002–2004
2006–present
Northeastern (GA)
Tulsa (S&C)
Arizona State (S&C)
Philadelphia Eagles (S&C)
Los Angeles Rams (S&C/LB)
Los Angeles Raiders (LB)
Houston Oilers (LB)
Arizona Cardinals (DC)
UTEP (DC)
Buffalo Bills (ST)
Ottawa (KS)
West Texas A&M
Arlington Martin HS (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 11–32
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Ronnie Joe Jones ((1955-10-17)October 17, 1955 in Dumas, Texas)[1] is an American football coach. Though currently an assistant at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, Jones has served on coaching staffs at numerous colleges and NFL teams.

A native of Sunray, Texas, Jones graduated from Sunray High School in 1974. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a master's degree from Northeastern State University. While at Northeastern, he began his coaching career. In 1984 he joined John Cooper's staff at Tulsa as strength and conditioning coach and moved with him to Arizona State a year later.

In 1987 he joined Buddy Ryan's coaching staff with the Philadelphia Eagles. After two stints with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders in 1991 and 1992, respectively, Jones rejoined Ryan as linebackers coach for the Houston Oilers in 1993. As Ryan became head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, he selected Jones as his defensive coordinator. In 1995, Arizona ranked last in total defense in the NFL, giving up 26.4 points and 356.5 total yards per game. Ryan and his complete staff were fired subsequently.

Heading back to the collegiate ranks, Jones became defensive coordinator at the University of Texas at El Paso under coach Charlie Bailey. In 2000, Bailey was replaced by Gary Nord, thus Jones went on to coach the special teams for the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo's special-teams record was among the worst in the NFL in 2000, causing Jones to be released.

In a surprising move, Jones became head coach at Ottawa University, a small NAIA school in Ottawa, Kansas. Jones was the 27th head coach for the Braves and he held that position for the 2001 season.[2]

The Ottawa Braves, coming of a 9–0 season in 2000, finished 6–4 under Jones, who then left for West Texas A&M University.[3]

Despite making the bold statement that West Texas A&M would win a NCAA Division II national football championship under his guidance,[4] Jones amassed only a 5–27 record as Buffaloes head coach. He was fired from West Texas A&M after an investigation concluded he used state and school resources for personal gain.[5] He currently serves as defensive coordinator at Arlington Martin High School.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Ottawa Braves (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2001)
2001 Ottawa 6–4
Ottawa: 6–4
West Texas A&M Buffaloes (Lone Star Conference) (2002–2004)
2002 West Texas A&M 0–11
2003 West Texas A&M 3–8
2004 West Texas A&M 2–8
West Texas A&M: 5–27
Total: 11–32
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Up Close With Ronnie Jones". Amarillo.com. 2002-08-30. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  2. ^ "2012 Football Media Guide". Ottawa Braves. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "WT hires new coach Sunray native Jones chosen over Carthel, others". Amarillo.com. 2001-11-30. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  4. ^ Jon Mark Beilue (2001-12-02). "Beilue: Jones' hiring is now-or-never for WT program". Amarillo.com. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Football Coach Jones Resigns Effective Immediately". Cstv.com. 2005-04-19. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  6. ^ 2007 Martin Warrior Football Coaching Staff[dead link]

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