Ronnie Jones (American football)

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Ronnie Jones
Biographical details
Born (1955-10-17) October 17, 1955 (age 64)
Dumas, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1983Northeastern State (GA)
1984Tulsa (S&C)
1985–1986Arizona State (S&C)
1987–1990Philadelphia Eagles (S&C)
1991Los Angeles Rams (S&C/LB)
1992Los Angeles Raiders (LB)
1993Houston Oilers (LB)
1994–1995Arizona Cardinals (DC)
1996–1999UTEP (DC)
2000Buffalo Bills (ST)
2001Ottawa (KS)
2002–2004West Texas A&M
2006–presentMartin HS (TX) (DC)
Head coaching record

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

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, so Jones went on to coach the special teams for the Buffalo Bills.

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 currently serves as defensive coordinator at Arlington Martin High School.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
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 0–8 / 0–6 13th / 7th (South)
2003 West Texas A&M 3–8 2–6 / 2–4 T–10th / T–4th (South)
2004 West Texas A&M 2–8 2–7 / 1–5 T–10th / T–6th (South)
West Texas A&M: 5–27 4–21
Total: 11–32


  1. ^ "Up Close With Ronnie Jones". 2002-08-30. Archived from the original on 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  2. ^ "2012 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Ottawa Braves. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "WT hires new coach Sunray native Jones chosen over Carthel, others". 2001-11-30. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  4. ^ Jon Mark Beilue (2001-12-02). "Beilue: Jones' hiring is now-or-never for WT program". Archived from the original on 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  5. ^ 2007 Martin Warrior Football Coaching Staff