Former Atlanta Falcons, Hawaii, and SMU head coach June Jones has found a new job in the pros.
The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced on Thursday that Jones had been hired as the team’s new head coach.
Jones had taken a position with the Tiger-Cats a few weeks ago, and his hiring represents a promotion after Hamilton started 0-8 in this year’s CFL season. Jones will take over for VP Kent Austin, who had been serving as the head coach for the past several years. Austin had led the Tiger-Cats to two division titles and two Grey Cup appearances before this year’s disastrous start.
Prior to joining the Tiger-Cats, Jones had been serving as a high school athletic director. Jones’ last coaching stop, SMU, saw him step down in 2014 after a string of mediocre seasons. Outside of his playing career, Jones is perhaps best known for his stints with the Falcons from 1994 to 1996 and with Hawaii from 1999 to 2007.