Keith Jones is entering his 12th season at the Naval Academy and his fifth coaching the secondary. He coached the secondary his first two years at Navy, moved to outside linebackers for seven seasons and returned to coach the secondary in 2011.
Jones helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
The win over Army marked Navy's 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rivals. Other big wins for Navy in 2012 included a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Indiana and wins over bowl bound East Carolina (56-28) and Central Michigan (31-13).
Navy was 5-7 in 2011, which included a series record 10th-straight victory over Army. Navy played seven teams that finished with a winning record and six that went to bowl games. The Mids finished 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.8).
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15-straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl .
The Mids posted an 8-5 record in 2008 and participated in the EagleBank Bowl. The Mids won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army. Other landmark wins during the 2008 season included a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy's first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985, as well as Navy's victory the previous week over Rutgers.
The 2007 season was a memorable one as well as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won a fifth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, appeared in a fifth-straight bowl game, and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
Navy's defense was stout in 2006, giving up just 116.7 yards per game (38th in the country) on the ground and more importantly, 20.1 points per game (41st in the country) as the Mids won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and qualified for a fourth-straight bowl game.
In 2005, Jones was part of a staff that did a remarkable job with a defense that returned just three starters from the year before as the Mids appeared in a third-straight bowl game, won a school-record second-straight bowl game and claimed the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
In 2004, Jones' efforts helped Navy finish 26th in the country in scoring defense (19.83), win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), win the Emerald Bowl (just the fifth bowl win in school history) and capture the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy
In 2003, Jones helped the defense finish 14th in the nation in pass defense (61st the year before) as Navy won eight games, the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and a berth in the Houston Bowl. In Jones' first season at Navy where he coached the corners, the Mids were devastated by injuries at nearly every position, but the Mids played their best at the end of the year and held Army to just 12 points in the season finale.
Jones, a 1975 graduate of The Citadel, returned to his alma mater in 1997 and served as secondary coach for five years and defensive coordinator (2000) for one before coming to Navy.
A member of The Citadel's 1973 football team, Jones played defensive back and special teams. He began his coaching career at Charleston's Bishop England High School (1975-78) and went on to work with the legendary Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State where he coached the defensive secondary. He spent two seasons at North Carolina A&T (1980 and 1996) as the secondary coach and at Murray State in the same capacity from 1981-86, including a stint as the defensive coordinator his final season.
In 1987, Jones joined Frank Beamer's staff at Virginia Tech and was the secondary coach for the Hokies until 1993, when he left to become the head coach at Potomac High School in Dumfries, Va., for two seasons. Jones returned to college coaching in 1996 as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at North Carolina A&T.
Jones earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from The Citadel in 1975 and a master's degree in counselor education from South Carolina State. He and his wife, Pamala, have four daughters, Kristin, Tiffany, Kourtney and Brittany.