Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced the hiring of Brandon Jones as offensive line coach Tuesday, returning the former Red Raider to his alma mater after a two-year stint at the University of California.
Jones boasts 10 years of experience coaching the offensive line during a successful career that began as an offensive assistant at Texas Tech from 2007-08. Jones later embarked on full-time positions at Sam Houston State (2009), East Carolina (2010-14) and Cal (2015-16).
During that time, Jones, a native of Dallas, has been a member of coaching staffs that have advanced to a bowl game seven times over his career, five of which have come in the past six seasons.
“We’re excited to welcome Coach Jones to our staff,” Kingsbury said. “He’s regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches in the country, and our program will benefit from his leadership. We’re looking forward to our offensive line continuing to develop under him.”
Jones arrives at Tech after helping build Cal’s offensive line into one of the top units in the country last season. Jones, who served as run game coordinator and offensive line coach, boosted a unit that ranked 82nd in sacks allowed the year prior to his arrival to 22nd nationally and second in the Pac-12 Conference at the end of the 2016 campaign.
In addition, Cal was one of the top offenses in the country this past season in positive plays as the Golden Bears ranked 13th in tackles for loss allowed. Cal was also among the top-10 teams nationally in passing offense and total offense during his two seasons.
“I’m looking forward to joining Coach Kingsbury and his staff,” Jones said. “Texas Tech has been known to produce one of the top offenses in the country each and every season, and I’m fortunate to be able to work with a great group of young men to continue to build on that tradition.”
Jones was hired at Cal after helping install a wide-open spread offense during his five seasons at East Carolina. The Pirates saw quick results in just Jones’ first season as East Carolina ended the year ranked eighth nationally in passing offense, 16th in scoring offense and 25th in total offense.
The Pirates rewrote the school record book during Jones’ tenure, breaking the marks for scoring average (40.2), first downs (346), passing offense (328.1 yards per game) and total offense (533.0 yards per game). He produced seven offensive linemen who earned all-conference honors during his tenure which also featured four bowl appearances.
Jones spent one season coaching running backs and tight ends at Sam Houston State (2009) before joining the East Carolina staff. The Sam Houston State position was his first full-time role after his two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech experienced one of its most successful two-year runs in school history during Jones’ two seasons on staff. The Red Raiders combined for 20 wins during that time which featured trips to the Gator Bowl (2007) and the Cotton Bowl (2008) as well as an end-of-season top-25 ranking from the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls.
Jones began his coaching career after starting 22 games mainly at center for the Red Raiders. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades as a junior before becoming a Rimington Award (nation’s top center) candidate during his senior season.
The Red Raiders combined to win 17 games over his final two seasons, the final of which was highlighted by Tech’s come-from-behind victory over Minnesota in the 2006 Insight Bowl. Tech trailed Minnesota by 31 points in the third quarter before rallying for a 44-41 overtime victory, marking the largest comeback in bowl history.
Jones received his degree in communication studies from Texas Tech. He is married to the former Latoya Daniels of Fort Worth, Texas. The couple has two children, Jordyn and Londyn.
BRANDON JONES COACHING EXPERIENCE
2015-16 – Cal Assistant Coach (Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line)
2010-14 – East Carolina Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2009 – Sam Houston State Assistant Coach (Running Backs/Tight Ends)
2007-08 – Texas Tech Offensive Assistant