Mike Jones, new LU football coach

Mike  Jones, known by many for making “The Tackle” in Super Bowl XXXIV, will make his return back to the state of Missouri after accepting the position of Head Football Coach at Lincoln University, as announced by President Carolyn R. Mahoney.

“It feels incredible to get this opportunity,” Jones said of beingnamed the new head coach. “I feel blessed getting the chance to be a head coach at this point in my career, as so many never get the opportunity to be a head coach at the collegiate level.”

“I am excited to have him as our new head coach,” LU Athletic Director Betty Kemna said. “His ties within the state of Missouri will hopefully help us recruit more local talent to Jefferson City.”

Jones spent the past season as linebacker coach at Southern University in Louisiana, where the Jaguars went 2-9. Southern’s defense recorded several solid numbers in 2010, including 26 sacks, eight interceptions and 92 tackles for loss.

Before his time at Southern, Jones spent six years at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, where he spent two years as head coach leading the team to a state title in 2008, whenthe team went 12-2. Overall as a head coach, he went 18-7. Jones will now look to transition his time as a head coach there to being the head coach at Lincoln