Jones, ex-Redskin, tapped as new ECSU football coach


Anthony Jones, former head football coach at Alabama A&M University, has been tapped to be the head football coach at Elizabeth City State University, ECSU announced Monday.


From staff reports

Monday, April 2, 2018

Elizabeth City State University has tapped a member of a Super Bowl-winning team to be the Vikings’ next head football coach.

Anthony Jones, a member of the 1987 championship Washington Redskins, will join the Viking football program this spring.

Jones replaces Earnest Wilson, who was fired about two weeks ago. Wilson posted a 9-11 overall record and a 6-8 mark in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association games over two seasons at ECSU.

In addition to his duties as ECSU’s new head football coach, Jones will also serve as an academic adviser within the Academic Affairs department.

ECSU officials did not immediately have terms of his contract, including his compensation, available Monday afternoon. 

Jones has not coached since 2016. According to an ECSU spokesman, Jones has been enrolled in graduate school at the University of West Alabama, where he is expected to complete a master’s of education degree in student affairs this spring.

According to ECSU’s press release, the Baltimore native was assistant football coach for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 2014 to 2016 and before that garnered a .592 winning percentage in 11 seasons as head coach at Alabama A&M University.

Under Jones, the A&M Bulldogs posted back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2005 and 2006 and claimed the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship In 2006.

Jones was named 2006 SWAC Coach of the Year and finished his tenure at Alabama A&M with a record of 83 wins and 57 losses.

Jones’ teams have been cited for solid graduation rates among student-athletes, according to the ECSU press release.

After playing college ball at at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Wichita State University, Jones was drafted by the Redskins in 1984 and later played for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones coached at Western Maryland College and Morehouse College before taking the helm of the Alabama A&M program in 2002. He has served in the Minority NFL Coaches Program, is a graduate of the NCAA Minority Coaches Academy and has served on a number of NCAA committees.