Two assistant coaches complete the staff with the addition of Director of Football Operations.
Nolan Jones joins coach Todd Monken's staff as an Assistant Athletic Director where he will oversee football operations after a two-year stint at the University of Kentucky in the same capacity.
At Southern Miss, Jones will assist the football staff with both internal and external operations on a daily basis. Working intricately with Monken, Jones and his team will build the backbone of the operating structure of the program.
In Lexington, Jones served as director of football operations at UK and assisted head coach Joker Phillips in all daily football operations and administrative duties. For his efforts, Jones was a one of three finalists for the 2012 FootballScoop Director of Football Operations of the Year award. Considered one of the best in the business by his peers, Jones earned the nomination based on the input from coaches, athletic directors and athletic department personnel across the country.
Prior to UK, Jones worked five years as the director of football operations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He began at Northwestern in the spring of 2005 as its assistant director of football operations before being promoted to director of football operations post in 2006. During his time at Northwestern, the Wildcats appeared in four bowl games. Prior to working at NU, Jones served as the director of football operations at Princeton (2004-05) and Eastern Kentucky (2003). He jump started his career path at Kentucky in 2002 serving as a football operations assistant.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jones was a first-team All-Ohio placekicker at Northridge High School. He began his collegiate career at Miami (Ohio). An injury, however, ended his kicking career before his freshman year. Jones then transferred to Eastern Kentucky, where he was an assistant coach in 2000-01 at Madison Central High in Richmond, Ky. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and a master's degree in sports administration from EKU.
Jones currently serves on the American Football Coaches Association national committee for directors of football operations.
He and his wife, Crystal, have two sons, Brycen and Parker.