The Huskies welcome eight new assistants along with returning offensive line coach Mike Foley
Ernest T. Jones, who spent the previous two seasons at Notre Dame as the Director of Player Development and Engagement, is in his first year as an assistant coach at UConn and has responsibility with player engagement and position responsibility with the running backs.
Jones and new UConn head football coach Bob Diaco spent the past two years as members of the coaching staff at Notre Dame. They also worked together on the same staffs at Cincinnati (2009) and Central Michigan (2005).
In addition to coaching the running backs, Jones will be responsible for helping develop UConn football players in areas such as intellectual and social development and community service to create complete student-athletes.
Through the student welfare and development office at Notre Dame, Jones helped coordinate community service projects via the "Irish Around the Bend" initiative.
Jones was associate head coach at Buffalo football team from 2010-11. In addition to his title of associate head coach at Buffalo, Jones coached the Bulls' cornerbacks and served as recruiting coordinator. He also oversaw the "Bulls in the Community" program. Jones worked at Buffalo while current UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel served in the same capacity with the Bulls.
Jones served as director of player services at Cincinnati in 2009, providing guidance and counseling to the Bearcats' football team. He worked with the academic services department regarding classroom performance and managed the "Cats in the Community" program.
Jones was the defensive backs coach at Concordia (Minn.) from 2000-02, the defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Kentucky State in 2003 and the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Oberlin in 2004. He was on the Central Michigan staff from 2005-06 and the Cincinnati staff in 2007 and 2009. In 2008, Jones was the head coach at Alcorn State.
Jones earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Alcorn State in 1995. He received a master's degree in human services from Concordia in 2002 and is currently working towards his doctorate degree in educational leadership from Walden University.
Jones and his wife, Kimberly, have two sons: Kgai and Myles.