Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Assistant General Manager
Chris Jones has been patrolling CFL sidelines on defence for a full decade and, in that time, his teams have never missed the playoffs. He has been to seven division finals and coached in five Grey Cup games with Montreal and Calgary, winning Grey Cup rings in 2002 and 2008.
Jones’ defences have gained a reputation as been tough, stingy and aggressive. In 2011, his unit led the league in interception return yards (423) and finished near the top of the CFL in fewest net yards allowed (6,088), fewest yards offence per game (338.2) and fewest first downs passing (193). Since joining Calgary in 2008, his units have led the CFL, or finished among the upper echelon, in most significant defensive categories.
From 1999-2001, Jones coached the defensive line and was the recruitment coordinator at Tennessee Tech University. His defensive line led the Ohio Valley Conference in sacks and tackles for losses each year and he coached two first-team all-American players. In 1999, Tennessee Tech ranked third in the nation in total defence.
He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1995 at Tennessee Tech where he was defensive line coach. He went to the University of Alabama as a graduate assistant in 1997, working toward a doctorate degree and coaching the linebackers. In 1998, he joined the University of Tennessee-Martin as defensive line coach.
Chris holds a Master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University. He and his wife Sarah have a son, Drew, and two daughters, Jackson and Austin.