Jones hired as special teams coordinator at MSU

Staff Writer

Mississippi State football has hired former South Alabama head coach Joey Jones as special teams coordinator MSU announced on Thursday.

The hire of Jones completes new head coach Joe Moorhead’s staff for the second time. Moorhead originally hired Scott Fountain from Georgia to be MSU’s special teams coordinator, but Fountain spent less than a month at State before deciding to return to Georgia when he was offered an on-field coaching role there. That opened a spot for Jones in Starkville.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Joey’s caliber and experience join our Bulldog family,” Moorhead said in a school release. “Joey is a terrific man who has coached for nearly three decades in the region, including 10 seasons as a head coach. He is going to play a vital role in our recruiting efforts in addition to his duties as special teams coordinator.”

The 55-year-old Jones is an Alabama native and was a longtime high school head coach in his home state. Jones got his first college head coaching position at Birmingham-Southern and after one season in 2007, became the first-ever head coach at South Alabama in 2008. In his eight years with the Jaguars, Jones compiled a 52-50 overall record. One of his wins was a 21-20 decision over the Bulldogs in 2016. Now, his career shifts to Starkville.

“Joe Moorhead is a first class man and coach, and I want to thank him for this tremendous opportunity,” Jones said. “Secondly, coaching in the best football conference in the country has always been a goal of mine. The Jones family is thrilled to join the Bulldog family, and we look forward to being a part of the great tradition here at Mississippi State.”

With Jones now added to MSU’s staff, Moorhead will have three different assistants under him who were head coaches last season. The others, in addition to Jones, are tight ends coach Mark Hudspeth, who was at Louisiana, and quarterbacks coach Andrew Breiner, who was at Fordham.