February 19, 1953 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1984||Houston Gamblers (WR)|
|1985||Denver Gold (OC)|
|1986||Ottawa Rough Riders (OC)|
|1987–1988||Houston Oilers (QB)|
|1989–1990||Detroit Lions (QB/WR)|
|1991–1993||Atlanta Falcons (OC)|
|1998||San Diego Chargers (QB/interim HC)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 WAC (1999, 2007)|
Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year (1999
American Football Coach/Schutt Sports National COY (1999)
CNN/Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year (1999)
2x WAC Coach of the Year (1999, 2006)
June Sheldon Jones, III (born February 19, 1953) is an American football coach and former NFL player. He was the head football coach at Southern Methodist University, where he served as head coach from 2008-2014, before resigning on September 8th, 2014. Jones was also the head football coach at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa from 1999 to 2007. Previously, he coached in the National Football League: a three-year tenure as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1994 to 1996 and a ten-game stint as interim head coach of the San Diego Chargers in 1998.
- Early life 1.1
- Playing career 1.2
Coaching career 1.3
- Early career 1.3.1
- Atlanta Falcons 1.3.2
- San Diego Chargers 1.3.3
- Hawaii 1.3.4
- SMU 1.3.5
- Coaching style 1.4
- Criticism 1.5
Head coaching record 2
- College 2.1
- NFL 2.2
- References 3
- External links 4
Jones grew up in Portland, Oregon, the second of four children born to Marilyn and June Jones Jr.
Jones played the quarterback position on three college teams: Oregon (1971–1972), Hawaii (1973–1974), and Portland State (1975–1976). It is during his time at Portland State that he was introduced to the Run and Shoot offense by Mouse Davis. It would be an offense that he would later champion throughout his coaching career.
His two seasons at Portland State resulted in totals of 5,798 yards passing with 50 TD against 20 INT. He became the first quarterback to give the Run and Shoot legitimacy as a quarterback friendly offense. In the years prior, Portland State very rarely had success throwing the ball.
- 1975: 137/235 for 2,280 yards and 25 TD vs 10 INT
- 1976: 238/423 for 3,518 yards and 25 TD vs 10 INT
Thereafter, he entered professional football, playing for the Atlanta Falcons (1977–1981) of the National Football League and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (1982). In four seasons with the Falcons, Jones completed 75 of 166 passes for 923 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In 1983, Jones started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Dick Tomey at the University of Hawaii. He then spent two years in the USFL, first as the wide receivers coach for the Houston Gamblers (1984), then as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Gold (1985). Following the demise of the USFL, Jones spent the 1986 season working as an offensive assistant for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL. In 1987, he got his first NFL coaching position serving as the quarterbacks coach on Jerry Glanville's staff with the Houston Oilers. After Glanville was released by the Oilers, he would join the Detroit Lions coaching staff upon the recommendation of Mouse Davis, his college head coach at Portland State who was serving as the team's offensive coordinator.
Jones reunited with Glanville upon joining the Atlanta Falcons organization in
Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator
- SMU profile
- June Jones Foundation
- June Jones Statistics – Pro-Football-Reference.com
- June Jones Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks – Pro-Football-Reference.com
- Atlanta Falcons History – NFL Football
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features
- Right 'Guy' for run-and-shoot – The Honolulu Advertiser – Hawaii's Newspaper
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin Sports
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii News
- SMU hires ex-Hawaii coach Jones, Associated Press, January 7. 2008.
- June Jones takes coaching job at SMUHonolulu Advertiser:
- June Jones will be SMU's football coachDallas Morning News:
- SMU's search ends with hiring of JonesDallas Morning News:
- Reardon, Dave. (2004-08-27) Warrior fight songs have Jones and Moore fired up Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
- UH Professor Criticizes Jones, Dobelle Salaries – Hawaii News Story – KITV Honolulu
† Became interim head coach when Kevin Gilbride was fired after the sixth game of the season
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|ATL||1994||7||9||0||.438||3rd in NFC West||–||–||–||–|
|ATL||1995||9||7||0||.563||2nd in NFC West||0||1||.000||Lost to Green Bay in Wild Card Round.|
|ATL||1996||3||13||0||.188||4th in NFC West||–||–||–||–|
|SD†||1998||3||7||0||.300||5th in AFC West||–||–||–||–|
|San Diego Total||3||7||0||.300||0||0||.000|
|Hawaii Warriors (Western Athletic Conference) (1999–2007)|
|SMU Mustangs (Conference USA) (2008–2012)|
|2009||SMU||8–5||6–2||T–1st (West)||W Hawaii|
|2010||SMU||7–7||6–2||T–1st (West)||L Armed Forces|
|2011||SMU||8–5||5–3||3rd (West)||W BBVA Compass|
|2012||SMU||7–6||5–3||2nd (West)||W Hawaii|
|SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2014)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
Head coaching record
While at SMU he was publicly questioned about the number of non-native Texas players on the team along with the lack of recruiting that was happening. Since Jones's departure from SMU he has been on the receiving end of a number of negative articles that highlight his lack of recruiting and disinterest in the SMU Football program, including being named the worst coach in America by some.
Jones negotiated a contract worth $800,016 during the 2004 season, which made him the highest-paid public employee in the state, even though the football team was struggling. The team finished with a 7–5 regular season record and an invitation to the Hawaii Bowl. Half of the $800,000 salary was paid by private donors.
Joe Moore of KHON-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii faulted Jones for discarding long-standing traditions, such as changing music played during home games, and the change in the uniforms and team nickname during his tenure.
Jones' offenses rarely run the ball, favoring a wide-open, pass-heavy offense, the run and shoot approach; however, in 2010 sophomore tailback Zach Line rushed for over 1,450 yards in 14 games, making him the 11th best rusher in the FBS.
On September 8th, 2014, Jones stepped down as coach of the Mustangs, citing "personal issues". Jones led the Mustangs to four straight bowl appearances before finishing 5-7 in the school's first season as a member of the AAC and starting the 2014 season 0-2 losing by a combined total of 88-6.
In 2010, Jones coached the Mustangs to a .500 season. The Mustangs went 7–7 overall with a conference record of 6–2, helping them clinch the C-USA Western title. The team beat the previous year's C-USA champion, East Carolina, in overtime in the final regular season game but lost the Conference USA Championship Game in Orlando to the UCF the next week. Jones and the Mustangs went to their second consecutive bowl game, the Armed Forces Bowl, losing to the Army Black Knights, 16–14. The game was played at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium because the game's the normal venue, Texas Christian University's Amon G. Carter Stadium, was undergoing renovation.
On November 28, 2009, Jones coached SMU to a win over Tulane, ending the regular season with a 7–5 record, the most SMU victories in a season since the 1980s. The 2009 season included a win over the defending and eventual repeat C-USA champion, East Carolina. The 2009 season also saw Jones utilize the ground game more than in recent seasons. Jones has led SMU to its third bowl-eligible season, and to its first bowl game (Hawai'i Bowl) since the 1984 Aloha Bowl and the NCAA-imposed death penalty. SMU defeated Nevada, 45–10, to finish the season 8–5. As in 1999, Jones coached his team to the most improved record in Division I football.
In a press conference at the Hall of Champions adjacent to Gerald J. Ford Stadium on January 7, 2008, Jones was introduced as the new head football coach at Southern Methodist University. He was the school's fifth coach since the "death penalty" in 1987. Jones signed a five-year contract with SMU, paying him two million dollars annually, and making him the highest-paid coach in Conference USA. He guided the SMU Mustangs to a 1–11 record in 2008.
Frustrated with what he viewed as a lack of support from the University, Jones opted to leave Hawaii at the end of the 2007 season. After initial reports had him interviewing at SMU, Hawaii officials had offers to raise his salary from $800,000 a year to $1.7 million a year and offered a commitment to improve its facilities; in addition there was an outpouring of support from Hawaii fans, including Gov. Linda Lingle. However, Jones contacted Hawaii on January 7, 2008 and let them know he had decided to accept an offer from SMU. Jones said the work that needed to be done to improve the football facilities and the campus in general would never get done with him still there. He said after all of the broken promises, leaving was the only way to send a message. Jones went 76–41 at Hawaii, including 4–2 in bowls. His teams finished first in the WAC twice and second two other times.
On December 24, 2006, Jones passed Dick Tomey to become the winningest head coach in Hawaii football history (against an all-college schedule) with a 41–24 victory over Arizona State in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl.
Jones nearly died in a car accident on February 22, 2001, missing the spring season because of his injuries.
During his tenure at Hawaii, he coached five All-Americans, 52 all-conference performers, and eight NFL Draft picks. In particular, Jones claims to have made a special effort to recruit local talent in his players and coaching staff. One of the most notable of his recruits was quarterback Timmy Chang, who became the all-time NCAA leader in passing yardage.
Jones joined the University of Hawaii-Manoa football team as head coach, replacing Fred von Appen, who was fired when the team lost 18 games in a row, including all twelve games in the 1998 season. Jones led the Warriors to a 9–4 record and a share of the Western Athletic Conference football championship in the 1999 season, making it the most dramatic turnaround in NCAA football history. With Jones's success on the field, and media-friendly persona off the field, he instantly became one of the most famous people in Hawaii, with some people making "June Jones for Governor" T-shirts. Reflecting his offensive philosophy, bumper stickers sporting the slogan "June would throw" appeared. These reference legendary Hawaiian lifeguard Eddie Aikau, of whom it is said, "Eddie would go" (into big surf).
Jones returned to coaching when the San Diego Chargers hired him as quarterbacks coach on January 20, 1998. On October 13, 1998, head coach Kevin Gilbride was fired after the sixth game and Jones became the interim head coach. The Chargers won three of ten games coached by Jones, giving him a career NFL coaching record of 22 wins and 36 losses.
San Diego Chargers