Joey Jones (American football)
Jones at 2015 Sun Belt Media Day
|Title||Special teams coordinator|
October 29, 1962 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1989–1990||Briarwood Christian (AL) School (Assistant)|
|1991–1993||Dora (AL) HS|
|1996–2005||Mountain Brook (AL) HS|
|2018–present||Mississippi State (ST)|
|Head coaching record|
125–38 (high school)
|Accomplishments and honors|
Jones is a graduate of Mobile's Murphy High School. He played college football for coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Jones lettered with the Tide from 1979 to 1983, graduating with a degree in business administration. As a wide receiver, he tallied 71 receptions, 1,386 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ranked third among Alabama's career touchdown receivers and seventh in career receiving yards. He was named All-SEC as a senior and chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl. He was a member of the University of Alabama's All-Decade Team for the 1980s and played professionally with the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League and the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons.
In 1989, Jones took his first coaching job as an assistant coach on the Briarwood Christian School staff in Birmingham, Alabama. After two years at Briarwood, he took the job as head coach at Dora where he led his team to a 24–11 record over three seasons. In 1996, Jones was hired as the head coach at Mountain Brook High School. At Mountain Brook, he led his team to the 1996 Class 6A state championship game, four region titles, two semifinal appearances and three quarterfinal appearances. Jones went 101–27 over ten seasons in charge of the Spartans.
After compiling a .767 winning percentage as an Alabama high school coach, Jones was hired as the new head coach at Birmingham–Southern College, where he led the team to a 1–7 record in its first season in NCAA Division III football in 2007. Jones was the first coach of the Panthers since 1939, when the football program was disbanded.
After only one season at BSC, Jones accepted the same position at the University of South Alabama in February 2008. He was the first coach for the Jaguars and was in charge of creating the program. The team began play in 2009, and joined the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) in 2012 as members of the Sunbelt Conference.
Jones led South Alabama to a 23–4 record in his first three seasons at South Alabama as Division-I FCS independent. After initially struggling after moving to the Sun Belt Conference with a 2–11 record in 2012, the team has since improved and posted a winning record against in-conference competition. The 2014 season saw South Alabama selected to the 2014 Camellia Bowl, their first bowl game which they lost to Bowling Green 33–28.
Head coaching record
|Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2007)|
|South Alabama Jaguars (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2009–2011)|
|South Alabama Jaguars (Sun Belt Conference) (2012–present)|
|2014||South Alabama||6–7||5–3||T–4th||L Camellia|
|2016||South Alabama||6–7||2–6||T–8th||L Arizona|
- Alabama Crimson Tide 1982 Roster
- NFL.com player page
- "Joey Jones Named First Football Coach at South Alabama" (University of South Alabama Press Release, February 15, 2008)
- "Jones Announces Resignation as South Alabama Football Coach". 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
- Report: Mississippi State hires former South Alabama coach Joey Jones as special teams coordinator