Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones- Bio of an Award-Winning American Football Coach

Highlights:

  • Winner of the 2000 and 2001 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award 
  • Winner of the 2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.
  • Coach with an outstanding head coaching record of 107-93

Who is Anthony Jones?

Anthony Andrew Jones, popularly known as Anthony Jones, is an award winning American football coach. He began his career in American football as a college football player, before he moved to professional football in 1984.

The first professional team he played for was the Washington Redskins and the first team he coached was Maroon Tigers. Coach Anthony had led his team to win 6 championship games and he has also emerged winner of 3 coach of the year awards.

Anthony Jones

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Anthony Jones was born on May 16, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

A lot is not known about his early life and education, but Anthony attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Shortly after, he transferred to Wichita State University where he began his college football career with the Wichita Shockers.

In 1998, Anthony had a son, Julian Jones. His son was one of the players of Hazel Green High School football team.

In his junior year, Julian Jones, Anthony’s son committed suicide on October 6, 2014.

Playing Career

Anthony began his career as a college football player in Wichita State University where he played under coach Willie Jeffries. 

During his time with the Wichita Shockers, he won the Ben Hustle Award in 1981 and All-Missouri Valley Conference recognition in 1983

In his senior year, he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the eleventh round of the 1984 National Football League Draft 

Anthony Jones played eight seasons with the Redskins, he also helped them win a Super Bowl championship in 1987. 

During the 1988 season, The Washington Redskins traded him to the San Diego Chargers.

After the 1988 season, before the commencement of the next season, Jones was forced to retire because of a knee injury. 

Coaching Career 

Morehouse

Anthony Jones’ first job as a coach was at Morehouse College, Atlanta. He coached their football team, Maroon Tigers.

At first he was the offensive coordinator, then he became the assistant head coach of the team. In 1999, he was promoted to head coach.

During his time as head coach of the team;

  • He led the Maroon Tigers to their first and second sequential eight-win seasons in the school history.
  • He was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Coach of the year for both 2000 and 2001
  • He was one of the three finalists for the 2001 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award 

Alabama A&M

In 2002, he became the head coach of Alabama A&M Bulldogs.

Anthony coached the Bulldogs in the games that led to their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title.

He also led the team to sequential nine-win seasons in 2005 and 2006

In 2005, he led the A&M Bulldogs to their second SWAC East Championship, with a record of 9-3.

The following year, Anthony was named coach of the year and between 2006 and 2011, he led the Bulldogs to four SWAC title games in nine seasons.

One of his outstanding records is 79 wins which is second only to the legendary coach Louis Crews, who won 93 games at A&M.

Coach Anthony Jones 50th win was a 31-16 win at Prairie View.

Before then he has led the team in several games against opponents like Texas Southern, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley, e.t.c.

He served as coach of A&M for 12 seasons. During that time, he led the team to five division championships.

It was announced on December 1, 2013 that Anthony would not return the following season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Arkansas–Pine Bluff

After Anthony Jones left the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, he took up a different coaching role with the Arkansas–Pine Bluff.

He became the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks for Arkansas–Pine Bluff in 2014 and 2015.

Elizabeth City State

On April 2, 2018, Anthony Jones was announced as the new head coach for the Elizabeth City State University Vikings.

The Vikings play in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Honors, Recognitions and Awards

Between 1981 and 2011, Anthony Jones had several victories as a player and coach. Some of which include;

  • Winner of the Ben Hustle Award in 1981
  • Winner of All-Missouri Valley Conference recognition in 1983
  • 1 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 2006
  • 5 Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division Championship in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011
  • 2 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award for the year 2000 and 2001
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award in 2006

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