Chris Jones, a former all-American football player at Hardin-Simmons, is in his tenth season as the defensive line and development squad coach.
He led the developmental squad to a perfect record in 2018 and his defensive line is one of the strengths of the Cowboys. His team amassed 27 sacks, including 8.5 by Hunter Creasey. The Cowboys allowed just 3.0 yards per carry as a unit.
Jones is an excellent recruiter and he has helped the Cowboys upgrade its talent level across the board.
Last year the Cowboys ranked second in the conference with 33 sacks. The Cowboys only allowed 3.3 yards per rush and allowed just eight rushing touchdowns on the year.
In 2016, the Cowboys had a whole new starting defensive line and still managed to lead the conference in sacks. Jim LaFond was named a second-team all-ASC selection.
HSU had all four of its starting defensive linemen earn all-ASC honors in 2015 and Ryne Lewis tied the career record for sacks. Korey Zavala was named to a pair of All-America teams as well.
In 2014, the Cowboys had one of the top defensive lines in the conference. Ryne Lewis was first-team all-ASC, Korey Zavala was named to the second team and Trent Walker was an honorable mention all-ASC selection.
In 2013, he coached sophomore Korey Zavala to second-team all-ASC honors. He led the team with 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
In 2012, he helped coach Undra Hendrix to all-American status. Hendrix set an HSU record for defensive tackles with 11 sacks. He led the ASC with 19 tackles for loss as well. Hendrix was also the ASC Defensive Lineman of the Year.
In 2010, he helped produced American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year Hank Hornsby.
Jones, who spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State, came back to HSU to coach a position he patrolled for four seasons for the Cowboys.
He spent the 2007 season as a graduate assistant at HSU after a stellar four-year career as a defensive lineman. He claimed two American Southwest Conference titles in his playing career at HSU.
Jones never missed a game as a player as he started 22 straight games and played in 41 straight contests. He had 22.5 career tackles for loss, nine sacks and 126 career tackles from his defensive tackle position. He was a two-time all-ASC selection and was named a second-team All-American and first-team all-South region as a senior.
Jones is a native of Brownwood and has a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons in sports, fitness and leisure and completed his master’s degree in the spring.
Jones and his wife, Kenneishia have three children: Cortland, Kennsington and Karrington.