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June Jones

Title Head Coach
College SMU
Sport Football
Conference Conference USA
Team record 9–16
Born February 19, 1953 (1953-02-19) (age 56)
Place of birth Portland, Oregon
Annual salary $2,000,000
Career highlights
Overall 85-57 (NCAA)
22–36 (NFL)
Bowls 5–2
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1999 WAC Co-championship
2007 WAC championship
1999 WAC Coach of the Year
1999 TSN National Coach of the Year
1999 American Football Coach/Schutt Sports National Coach of the Year
1999 CNN/Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year
2006 WAC Coach of the Year
Playing career
Portland State
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)








Houston Gamblers
(Wide receivers)
Denver Gold
(Offensive coordinator)
Ottawa Roughriders
(Offensive coordinator)
Houston Oilers
Detroit Lions
Atlanta Falcons
(Offensive coordinator)
Atlanta Falcons
San Diego Chargers
(QBs/Interim HC)

June Sheldon Jones, III (born February 19, 1953(1953-02-19) in Portland, Oregon) is an American football coach, formerly with the Atlanta Falcons and the University of Hawaiʻi. He became head coach at Southern Methodist University on January 7, 2008.[1][2]




Playing career

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 would be introduced to the Run and Shoot offense by Mouse Davis. It would be an offense that he would later champion throughout his coaching career. 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.[3]

Coaching career

Early coaching career

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 Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. 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.

Atlanta Falcons

Jones reunited with Glanville upon joining the Atlanta Falcons organization in 1991 as its assistant head coach. In 1994, Jones replaced Glanville as the team's head coach, a move that caused a rift between the two. Reportedly, they did not speak to each other for several years thereafter. [4] (Later, in the 2000s, Jones would hire Glanville as defensive coordinator at Hawaii). As head coach, Jones installed the Run & Shoot offense he learned under Mouse Davis. Initially, quarterback Jeff George flourished under the system, passing for 3,734 yards and 23 touchdowns in Jones's first year and 4143 yards and 24 touchdowns his second year. In 1995, Jones's second season as head coach, the Falcons went to the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Green Bay Packers. The following year, the Falcons posted a 3–13 record, leading to Jones's dismissal. Jones's coaching record over three seasons in Atlanta was nineteen wins and twenty-nine losses.[5] He also clashed with quarterback Jeff George during his final season, including a well publicized and widely broadcast profanity laced shouting match during a September 23 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The feud contributed to both men's release by the organization.[6] [7] [8]

San Diego Chargers (Head Coach)

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.[9]

Hawaiʻi (Head Coach)

Jones joined the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa 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.[10] With Jones's success on the field, and media-friendly persona off the field, he instantly became one of the most famous people in Hawaiʻi, with some people making "June Jones for Governor" T-shirts.[11] Reflecting his offensive philosophy, bumper stickers sporting the slogan "June would throw" appeared. These reference legendary Hawaiʻian lifeguard Eddie Aikau, of whom it is said, "Eddie would go" (into big surf).[12]

During his tenure at Hawaiʻi, 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.[13]

Jones nearly died in a car accident on February 22, 2001, missing the spring season because of his injuries.[14]

On December 24, 2006, Jones passed Dick Tomey to become the winningest head coach in Hawaiʻi football history (against an all-college schedule) with a 41–24 victory over Arizona State in the 2006 Hawaiʻi Bowl.

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.[15]

Southern Methodist University (Head Coach)

In a press conference at the Hall of Champions adjacent to Gerald J. Ford Stadium on January 7, 2008, June Jones was introduced as new head football coach of the Southern Methodist University. He was the school's 5th coach since the “death penalty” in 1987. Jones agreed to a five-year contract with SMU, paying him two million dollars annually and making him the highest-paid coach in Conference USA.[16] He guided the SMU Mustangs to a 1-11 record in 2008.

On November 28, 2009, Jones coached SMU to a win over Tulane University, ending the season with a 7-5 regular season record, the most SMU victories in a season since the 1980s. The 2009 season included a win over the defending and eventual 2009 CUSA 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 (6-5 in 1997, 6-6 in 2006), and to its first bowl game (Hawai'i Bowl) since the 1984 Aloha Bowl and the NCAA-imposed death penalty [17]. SMU defeated Nevada 45-10 to finish the season 8-5. Just like in 1999, a June Jones coached team had the most improved record in Division I football.

Coaching style

Jones' offenses rarely run the ball, favoring a wide-open, pass-heavy offense, the Run & Shoot approach.


Jones's time in Hawaii was not without controversy. He set new precedents as head coach, and some faulted him for discarding long-standing traditions.[18] After his first season, he made several changes to the identity of the football team, including changing the name of the football team from “Rainbow Warriors” to simply “Warriors.”

During the 2004 season, after negotiating a contract with a $800,016 annual salary making him the highest-paid public employee in the state, he faced discontent from fans, faculty, and news reporters about his struggling team.[19] The team finished with a 7–5 regular season record and an invitation to the Hawaiʻi Bowl.


In an interview following the 2007 BCS bowl selection, Jones labeled eventual Heisman winner Tim Tebow a "system quarterback."[20] Jones' quarterbacks have fallen under the stigma of “system quarterbacks,” including Chang.


Jones is represented by longtime friend and agent Leigh Steinberg and Jeremiah Donati of Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment.

Coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Hawaiʻi Warriors (Western Athletic Conference) (1999–2007)
1999 Hawaiʻi 9–4 5–2 T-1st W Oʻahu
2000 Hawaiʻi 3–9 2–6 T-6th
2001 Hawaiʻi 9–3 5–3 T-4th
2002 Hawaiʻi 10–4 7–1 2nd L Hawaiʻi
2003 Hawaiʻi 9–5 5–3 T-4th W Hawaiʻi
2004 Hawaiʻi 8–5 4–4 5th W Hawaiʻi
2005 Hawaiʻi 5–7 4–4 5th
2006 Hawaiʻi 11–3 7–1 2nd W Hawaiʻi 24
2007 Hawaiʻi 12–1 8–0 1st L Sugar 17 19
Hawaiʻi: 76–41 47–24
SMU Mustangs (Conference USA) (2008–present)
2008 SMU 1–11 0–8 6th (West)
2009 SMU 8–5 6–2 T-1st (West) W Hawaiʻi
SMU: 9–16 6–10
Total: 85–57
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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 - - - -
Atlanta Total 19 29 0 .396 0 1 .000
SD 1998 3 7 0 .300 5th in AFC West - - - -
San Diego Total 3 7 0 .300 0 0 .000
Total 22 36 0 .348 0 1 .000

Became interim head coach when Kevin Gilbride was fired after the sixth game of the season


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Rossley
Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Mouse Davis
Preceded by
Jerry Glanville
Atlanta Falcons Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Dan Reeves
Preceded by
Kevin Gilbride
San Diego Chargers Head Coaches
1998 (Interim)
Succeeded by
Mike Riley
Preceded by
Fred von Appen
Hawaiʻi Warriors Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Greg McMackin
Preceded by
Phil Bennett
SMU Mustangs Head Coaches
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