Two Local Men Lead Small College Football Teams

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Two former local football standout student-athletes are making their marks in the coaching ranks at the collegiate level.

Ringgold High School graduate Charles "Yogi" Jones helped Bethune- Cookman (Daytona Beach) enjoy a banner 10-2 season in 2010.

In his first year as defensive coordinator and linebackers' coach, Jones helped the Wildcats compile a 10-2 overall record and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. It was the team's first playoff appearance since 2003.

Jones returned to the NCAA coaching ranks this past season after having spent 10 of the previous 12 years coaching in NFL Europe and semi-pro in France with the Paris Flash.

A native of Donora, Jones served as defensive line coach for two NFL Europe World Bowl Championship teams (Frankfurt in 1999 and Hamburg in 2007). He also served as linebackers coach in Scotland and was the defensive coordinator in Berlin.

In 2002 and 2003, Jones was hired by the Cleveland Browns as a player personnel assistant working in both the pro personnel and the college scouting departments.

Jones also coached for 12 years at the NCAA Division I-A and I- AA collegiate levels entering the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.

He went on to coach the defensive line and linebackers at James Madison University leading the team in the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history. Jones also coached at Rutgers University and Tulane University and he coached tight ends and offensive tackles at Pittsburgh.

He played linebacker and on the defensive line at the University of Pittsburgh from 1978 to 1982. and played one season of NFL football signing as a free agent linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys in 1983.

"Coach Jones is proven and dedicated and known as one of the best linebacker coaches in the NFL and college football," said Bethune- Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins. …