University of Memphis head coach Mike Norvell has filled an assistant coach opening on his staff with the hire of former UTC Moc Anthony Jones, Jr., it was announced Thursday.
"I’m extremely excited about the addition of Anthony Jones to our Memphis Tiger football family," Norvell said. "I believe he is the perfect fit for our staff and players while bringing incredible relationships within the city of Memphis and in western Tennessee to our program."
Jones, who has spent the five seasons as the head football coach at Cordova High School, is no stranger to Memphis. A 2004 graduate of Westwood High School, Jones left the Bluff City to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, playing wide receiver for the Mocs from 2004-2007.
"Coach Jones is a native Memphian and has done an incredible job building the program at Cordova and at his alma mater at Westwood," Norvell said. "We feel like his experience will be a tremendous asset to what we are doing here at the University of Memphis."
After his playing career at Chattanooga, which saw him earn first team All-Southern Conference honors in 2006, Jones spent 2007 as a graduate assistant coach at Chattanooga before returning to Westwood as an assistant coach. He served in that role at Westwood from 2007-2010 and took over as the program’s head coach in 2010.
As the head coach at Westwood, he guided the team to its first winning season in 18 years. That marked the first of three straight regional football championships and three conference championships (2010, 2011, 2012) for Westwood.
In 2013, Jones left to take over the program at Cordova High School. His first season at Cordova saw the program post its first winning season in nine years and his 2016 team posted the most wins in school history and advanced to the semifinals of the TSSAA state championships, falling to the eventual state champs.
In six seasons, 75 Jones-coached players signed football scholarships. He was named a Liberty Bowl High School all-star game assistant coach three times (2012, 2014 and 2015) and he was named the District 16A coach of the year in 2011 and 2012. He also garnered District 14A coach of the year honors in 2013, his first year at Cordova. This past season, Jones led Cordova to an 8-3 record and a Class 6A playoff appearance and was selected to coach in the Tennessee East-West Football All-Star Classic last weekend in Clarksville.
A 2007 graduate with a degree in business from Chattanooga, Jones also holds his master’s degree in Education from Union University.