November 27, 2013

Esks tab Chris Jones as new head coach Staff

EDMONTON — Chris Jones has been named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club.

Jones joins the Green and Gold after spending the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager of the Toronto Argonauts.

Jones replaces former head coach Kavis Reed, who was dismissed by the Eskimos on Nov. 4.

“Chris Jones has paid his dues in the Canadian Football League and has earned this opportunity.  His commitment to the league and record of success is impressive. I look forward to working with him,” said Eskimos General Manager Ed Hervey in a statement.

Jones began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech University in 1995 and spent seven years in the NCAA before entering the CFL.

He has been to post-season in each of his 12 years in the league, including seven Division Finals and six Grey Cup appearances with Montreal, Calgary and Toronto, winning in 2002, 2008 and 2012.


· Jones is the 20th head coach in franchise history.
· In 1999, Jones was a guest coach at Eskimos training camp.
· Jones has a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University.

Chris Jones Coaching History

2012-13: Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach/Assistant General Manager, Toronto Argonauts
2010-11: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Director, Player Personnel, Calgary Stampeders
2008-10: Defensive Coordinator, Calgary Stampeders
2003-07:  Defensive Coordinator, Montreal Alouettes
2002: Defensive Line Coach, Montreal Alouettes
1999-2001: Defensive Line and Recruiting Coordinator, Tennessee Tech (NCAA)
1998: Defensive Line Coach, University of Tennessee at Martin (NCAA)
1997: Graduate Assistant, Linebackers, University of Alabama (NCAA)
1995-96: Graduate Assistant, Tennessee Tech (NCAA)
1992-94: Defensive Line Coach, North Jackson High School (Stevenson, Alabama)