Keith Jones is in his 14th season at the Naval Academy and his seventh 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.He has been an integral part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 100-54 (.649) record over the last 12 years, that includes 11 bowl games, nine Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and a 13-0 mark against Army.
Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 11 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, won a bowl game for just the ninth time in school history (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo (57-35, .620) became the all-time winningest coach in school history in 2014, passing George Welsh, when Navy defeated Army for a record 13th-consecutive time. The victory over the Black Knights also made Niumatalolo the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his coaching career 7-0 against the other Academy.
The Navy defense finished 32nd in pass defense, 37th in interceptions and 38th in the country in red zone defense in 2014.
Safety Parrish Gaines was named All-Independent and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.The 2013 squad is just the fifth in Navy history to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.
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.
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 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.
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 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, Pamela, have four daughters, Kristin, Tiffany, Kourtney and Brittany