STILLWATER, Okla. Â Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy announced the hiring of Jason Jones as secondary coach today. Jones was the cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Tulsa last year, helping the Golden Hurricane to a 10-4 record, an appearance in the Conference USA Championship Game, along with a 63-7 win over Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl.
“We’re excited to have Jason as a part of our program,” Gundy said. “He comes from a great pedigree and he is very enthusiastic about what he does. He has a great relationship with his players and is an excellent technician. He’s a great recruiter in the state of Texas.”
Success has followed the 30-year-old Jones at each of his coaching stops, most recently highlighted by the Golden Hurricane during his second stint at Tulsa in 2007. In 2006, Jones served as the cornerbacks coach at Rice University, helping the Owls to their first bowl trip in 45 years as the Owls competed in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. In his first stint at Tulsa, Jones coached cornerbacks and helped the Golden Hurricane to a Conference USA Championship and an appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. His first coaching job came as a graduate assistant at Alabama, where he helped his alma mater to an appearance in the Music City Bowl.
“I’m very excited about being on the staff here,” Jones said. “Living in Oklahoma, I know that OSU is a great program and university with a great tradition. A lot of outstanding players have come through here and it’s an honor to be part of this program.”
With Jones leading the Tulsa secondary in 2005, the Hurricane defense ranked third nationally in takeaways (36) and interceptions (22) and was the 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense and 17th in pass defense. Jones’ cornerbacks totaled 13 of those interceptions and 29 had passes defended.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in financial planning, Jones was a two-year starter at defensive back for the Crimson Tide and was part of three Alabama bowl teams, competing in the 1996 Outback Bowl, the 1998 Music City Bowl and the 1999 FedEx Orange Bowl. Jones was a member of Crimson Tide teams that played in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in 1996 and 1999.
He earned a master’s degree from Alabama in sports management in 2005. He and his wife Kysha have a 14-year-old son, Andrew.
Jason Jones Coaching Timeline
2008-present: Oklahoma State secondary
2007: Tulsa cornerbacks/special teams coordinator
2006: Rice cornerbacks
2005: Tulsa cornerbacks
2004: Alabama graduate assistant
Alma Mater: Alabama, 2001; Master’s from Alabama, 2005
Birthdate: November 13, 1977
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Playing Experience: Played four years and was a two-year starter as a safety at Alabama (1996-00).
Bowl Games as a Player
1999: FedEx Orange Bowl (Alabama)
1998: Music City Bowl (Alabama)
1996: Outback Bowl (Alabama)
Bowl Games as a Coach
2008: GMAC Bowl (Tulsa)
2006: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Rice)
2005: AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Tulsa)
2004: Music City Bowl (Alabama)