The Tennessee State offense finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference in total offense during the 2011 averaging 416 yards per game. They also were third in passing yards per game with 237 yards per contest.
A product of Tennessee State, Jones was twice named All-American (1981-82) and still holds many of the school’s receiving records, He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1983. He played three seasons with Minnesota (1983-85) and was traded to New Orleans where he played from 1986-87 and 1989. In six NFL seasons, Jones caught 165 passes for 2,372 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Mike Jones’ pedigree as an NFL receiver laid the groundwork for him to prosper as a coach. Nine years after his last game as a player he joined the Rhein Fire, NFL Europe, as a receivers coach for his first professional job. From there, he coached in four World Bowl games in six seasons and by year seven, he was named Head Coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy (2004-07). Jones’ aptitude for winning didn’t waiver in four years as a head coach as his teams appeared in three championship games, winning one in 2006. The same season he was named NFL Europe Coach of the Year. In all, he holds three European championship rings.
As a head coach, Jones was practically unbeatable. In his first season, the Galaxy dashed to a 7-3 record and a World Bowl appearance. Two seasons later, Jones’ Galaxy returned to the championship and defeated Bart Andrus’ Amsterdam Admirals. The Galaxy revisited the big game one season later but lost to the Hamburg Sea Devils in the last-ever World Bowl game. The 2006 Coach of the Year compiled a 24-16 NFLE regular season record as a head coach.
Jones also held offensive positions for the Rhein Fire. First, he was named receivers coach (1998-00) and later returned as the club’s offensive coordinator (2002-03). He coached in four World Bowl games with Rhein (1998, 2000, 2002-03), winning two in 1998 & 2000.
In 2001, he accepted a position as the receivers coach for the XFL’s Orlando Rage. His receivers super-charged the offense and the Rage finished in first place which led to a playoff berth. Jones was also the receivers coach at Liberty University for a brief period in the same year.
Mike Jones is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He and his wife Minerva have twin daughters named Brittany and Bridgette, and a son named Chandler.