Khari Okang Jones [ke-HAR-ee] (born May 16, 1971) is a former professional Canadian football player and current head coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is also a former television sports reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Jones played quarterback in the CFL, where he enjoyed his most success with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Jones also played briefly for the Arena Football League's Albany Firebirds and the World League of American Football's Scottish Claymores. He has also been the offensive coordinator for the BC Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
|Born:||May 16, 1971|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|2009–2010||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (QBC)|
|2011||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OC)|
|2012–2013||Saskatchewan Roughriders (QBC)|
|2014–2017||BC Lions (OC)|
|2018||Montreal Alouettes (OC)|
|2019-present||Montreal Alouettes (Head Coach & OC)|
|1995–1996||Albany Firebirds (AFL)|
|1996||Scottish Claymores (WLAF)|
|1997–1999||BC Lions (CFL)|
|2000–2004||Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)|
|2004||Calgary Stampeders (CFL)|
|2005||Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)*|
|2005||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)|
|2006||Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)*|
|2007||Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)|
|*Offseason and/or practice roster member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL East All-Star||2001|
|CFL West All-Star||2002|
|Awards||2001 CFL MOP|
Jones was a record setting college quarterback at the University of California, Davis, where in two seasons as a starter he became the first UC Davis quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards and over 50 touchdowns in a season, while leading the Aggies to a 17-2-1 record during his junior and senior seasons (1992–1993). In 2000, Jones was inducted into the UC Davis Aggies Hall of Fame. During these college years, he also focused on the Dramatic Arts. Notable roles include the part of Juan Perón in Evita, and of Vladimir, in Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot. Jones is married to UC Davis alumna, Justine. They have two daughters together, Jaelyn and Siena.
Arena Football LeagueEdit
Jones joined the Arena Football League's Albany Firebirds in 1995. For the next two seasons, he received very little playing time, making only 3 out of 5 pass completions in his first season, and 3 out of 4 pass completions in 1996.
Canadian Football LeagueEdit
In 2000, Jones joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Though he initially served as a backup to Kerwin Bell, Jones eventually won the starting job during the middle of the 2000 season, thereby clearing the way for the Bombers to release Bell in midseason.
In 2001, Jones was the CFLs Most Outstanding Player after leading the Bombers to a 14-4 record, including 12 straight wins. Jones was the Bombers quarterback in the 2001 Grey Cup in Montreal, where heavily favoured Winnipeg lost to the Calgary Stampeders, 27-19.
Jones' following season (2002) was even better statistically, which included 5,353 passing yards and 46 touchdown passes. This was the third most passing touchdowns in a season (behind two seasons in which Doug Flutie completed 47 and 48)). From 2000 to 2002, Jones' 107 touchdown passes exceeded the record by any other quarterback in the CFL or NFL over the same period of time. In four seasons with Winnipeg, Jones set seventeen Bomber passing records, including throwing for five touchdowns in a game four times in one season.
During the 2004 CFL season, Jones was traded from the Blue Bombers to the Calgary Stampeders, partially due to a shoulder injury which had affected his play. In the off-season between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, the Stampeders signed free agent Henry Burris and Jones was released.
Jones attended the Edmonton Eskimos training camp at the beginning of the 2005 CFL season, but with the Eskimos signing Ricky Ray (and already having the 2004 season starter Jason Maas), Jones was released again. Midway through the 2005 season he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but was released after eight games.
On October 17, 2007, Jones inked a standard one-year contract plus an option with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and then signed his retirement papers right after. The paperwork means Jones officially retires as a Bomber, the team he had the most success with during his four-team, nine-year CFL career.
In 2009, Jones began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats under head coach Marcel Bellefeuille. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and helped the team to an appearance in the East Final.
On January 3, 2018, Jones was announced as the new offensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes for the 2018 CFL season. On June 8, 2019, less than a week before the start of the 2019 season, the Alouettes announced they had parted ways with Mike Sherman and promoted Jones to the role of head coach.
Head coaching recordEdit
|MTL||2019||10||8||0||.556||2nd in East Division||0||1||Lost in East Semi-Final|
|Total||10||8||0||.556||0 East Division
|0||1||0 Grey Cup|
In 2006, Jones became the digital co-trainer of the LivingWorks SafeTALK suicide alertness course. Jones had just finished playing football and was working as a broadcaster in Calgary, and was also working as an actor when his agent approached him with the job of recording the videos. Jones explained that "It hit home for me because suicide, or attempted suicide, has been a part of my family, as it has been for a lot of people. So it was something that was near and dear for me, and it quickly become more than an acting job".  In the years since they were first recorded, Khari’s videos have helped trainers present safeTALK to over 300,000 people in more than 20 countries and territories. We are deeply grateful to Khari and to the thousands of dedicated safeTALK trainers who partner with him to bring the training to life.
- "UC Davis Official Athletic Site - Hall of Fame".
- "Regular Season All-Time Records - CFL.ca - Official Site of the Canadian Football League". Archived from the original on 2008-10-16.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Riders Name Offensive Coaching Staff
- "Als name coordinators for 2018 CFL season". cfl.ca. January 3, 2018.
- "Als, Mike Sherman part ways; Khari Jones takes over". CFL.ca. 2019-06-08. Retrieved 2019-06-08.[verification needed]
- "Interview with Khari Jones » LivingWorks Education". legacy.livingworks.net. Retrieved 2019-10-07.