Matt Jones begins his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Tulane offense in 2015.
Jones, 31, came to the Green Wave after spending the 2013 season as the tight ends coach at Villanova University, where he helped the Wildcats to a 6-5 overall record.
Prior to Villanova, Jones coached at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., for two seasons as the offensive line coach, as well as the run game and academic coordinator. Jones helped Avila set 16 offensive school records, including fewest sacks allowed, rushing yards in a season and rushing touchdowns.
Before Avila, Jones was an assistant at University of St. Francis from 2009-10, where he was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator during the 2010 season. He coached tight ends in 2009.
In 2008, Jones coached at the offensive line at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Ill. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, where he was a student assistant in 2007.
Jones graduated from Eastern Illinois in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies and a minor in Health Studies. He also has an Illinois teaching certification. During his time at Eastern Illinois, he was a two-year member of the school’s rugby team.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Jones is pursuing a master’s degree in liberal arts from Tulane.