Chris Jones is in his third season as the Roughriders’ vice-president of football operations, general manager and head coach. Hired in December of 2015, Jones is the 16th general manager and 46th head coach in franchise history.
After posting a 5-13-0 record in his first season at the helm in 2016, Jones guided the Roughriders to a 10-8-0 mark in 2017. Saskatchewan finished in fourth place in the West Division, but qualified for the post-season for the first time since 2014. The Roughriders crossed over into the East Division playoffs and beat the Ottawa Redblacks in the East Semi-Final before falling to the Toronto Argonauts in the East Final.
Prior to joining the Roughriders, Jones spent two seasons as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. He was a finalist for the award as the CFL’s coach of the year following both of his seasons in Edmonton.
Jones joined the CFL coaching ranks in 2002, when he was the Montreal Alouettes’ defensive line coach. The following season, he was named the Als’ defensive co-ordinator — a role he held for five seasons.
In 2008, he joined the Stampeders, with whom he spent four seasons as defensive co-ordinator and two as assistant director of player personnel.
In 2012, Jones was hired by the Argonauts and spent two seasons as their defensive co-ordinator and assistant general manager.
Jones’ 16-year CFL coaching career includes appearances in 13 division finals and seven Grey Cup games, split between Montreal, Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton. He owns four Grey Cup rings, having earned them in 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2015.
A product of South Pittsburg, Tenn., Jones began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech University in 1995. He spent seven years coaching in the NCAA before moving to the CFL.