Chris Jones was named the 20th head coach of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club on Nov. 27, 2013.On May 30, 2015, he received a contract extension, keeping him with Edmonton through 2016.
In his first year at the helm, the Green and Gold began the season with a 7-1 start, finishing with a 12-6 regular-season record. Dominant on home turf, the Eskimos’ 7-2 record in Commonwealth Stadium was the best since 2008.
The year that set a club record for single-season turnaround included an 18-10 West Semi-Final victory at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and an appearance in the West Final against the eventual Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders.
Jones also serves as defensive coordinator. Under his guidance, the team led the league in key defensive categories, including fewest first downs allowed, fewest net passing yards per game, interceptions, lowest points against and fewest points allowed.
Jones was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Canadian Football League Coach of the Year Award. In 2015 he was selected as the West Division finalist for the Coach of the Year Award.
Prior to Edmonton, Jones served two seasons as the defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager of the Toronto Argonauts.
He has been to post season in each of his 13 years in the league, including eight division finals and six Grey Cup appearances with Montreal, Calgary and Toronto, winning in 2002, 2008 and 2012.
He 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.
|2014-present||Head Coach, Edmonton Eskimos|
|2012-13||Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach/Assistant General Manager, Toronto Argonauts|
|2010-11||Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Director of Player Personnel, Calgary Stampeders|
|2008-10||Defensive Coordinator, Calgary Stampeders|
|2003-2007||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 Coach, University of Alabama (NCAA)|
|1995-96||Graduate Assistant, Tennessee Tech (NCAA)|
|1992-1994||Defensive Line Coach, North Jackson High School (Stevenson, Alabama)|