Chris Jones (Canadian football coach)

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Chris Jones
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Born: (1967-09-25) September 25, 1967 (age 50)
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Career information
Position(s) Head coach / general manager
College Chattanooga
Career history
As coach
1995–1996 Tennessee Tech
Graduate assistant
1997 Alabama
Graduate assistant
1998 UT Martin
Defensive line coach
1999–2001 Tennessee Tech
Defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator
2002 Montreal Alouettes
Defensive line coach
20032007 Montreal Alouettes
Defensive coordinator
20082010 Calgary Stampeders
Defensive coordinator
20102011 Calgary Stampeders
Def. coord. / asst. head coach / asst. Director of Player Personnel
20122013 Toronto Argonauts
Def. coord. / asst. head coach / asst. general manager
20142015 Edmonton Eskimos
Head coach
2016–present Saskatchewan Roughriders
Head coach / general manager
Career highlights and awards

Chris Jones (born September 25, 1967) is the head coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[1] He was previously the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos for two years, where he won the 103rd Grey Cup. He has been the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts. Jones has won 4 Grey Cups rings with 4 different teams: With Montreal in 2002, Calgary in 2008, Toronto in 2012, and Edmonton in 2015.[2]

College career[edit]

Born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Jones played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a walk-on, and received little playing time. Instead, he began focusing on a coaching career.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

NCAA career[edit]

Jones began his coaching career at North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Alabama, helping the team win a state championship in 1993. He began coaching NCAA football at Tennessee Tech University in 1995, where he served as a graduate assistant under head coach Jim Ragland. After serving one season as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama, he joined the University of Tennessee at Martin coaching staff as a defensive line coach in 1998. He returned to Tennessee Tech in 1999 as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Early CFL career[edit]

Jones moved to the CFL in 2002 after being named the new defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes helping Montreal win 90th Grey Cup. He remained there until 2007. In 2008, he was named defensive coordinator of the Calgary Stampeders, which won the 96th Grey Cup, and was promoted to Assistant Coach in 2010. He later joined the Toronto Argonauts as Defensive Coordinator and was part of the team that won the 100th Grey Cup.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Jones was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in November 2013. After a 12-6 2014 season, he was nominated for CFL Coach of the Year. Jones was nominated as the West representative for coach of the year in 2015 after winning 14 of the 18 regular season games. The East representative and winner was former Eskimos assistant coach Rick Campbell.[5] Jones' Eskimos were victorious over the Ottawa Redblacks in the 103rd Grey Cup game. Following the season the divisional rival Saskatchewan Roughriders were given permission by GM Ed Hervey to entering into negotiations to fill their vacant head coaching position.[6]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On December 7, 2015, a mere week after winning the 2015 Grey Cup, it was announced that Jones would be the new general manager and head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After a disappointing 3-15 season in 2015 Jones took over in 2016 and things got off to poor start, as the team won only one of their first 11 games.[7] However, down the stretch they would win four of the remaining seven games and finish with a record of 5-13. 2017 saw the Riders return to being a competitive team, as the club qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2014. After defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in a crossover playoff game the Riders were bested by the Toronto Argonauts who would go on to win the 105th Grey Cup.[8] Following the season the Riders extended Jones' contract through the 2019 CFL season.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Jones has a son, Drew, from his first marriage and two daughters, Jackson and Austin, with his second wife. He and his family split their time between Regina and South Pittsburg, Tennessee during the off-season.

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 2014 12 6 0 .666 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost in West Final
EDM 2015 14 4 0 .778 1st in West Division 2 0 Won 103rd Grey Cup
SSK 2016 5 13 0 .278 5th in West Division Failed to qualify
SSK 2017 10 8 0 .556 4th in West Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
Total 41 31 0 .569 1 Division
4 2 1 Grey Cup


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