Tom Jones (coach)

John Tom Jones (December 6, 1923 – July 14, 2014)[1] was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Troy State University—now known as Troy University—from 1972 to 1973, compiling a record of 11–7–2. He was also the athletic director at Troy State from 1972 to 1974. Jones was hired at Troy State after coaching the freshman football team at Auburn University for six seasons.[2]

Tom Jones
Biographical details
Born(1923-12-06)December 6, 1923
DiedJuly 15, 2014(2014-07-15) (aged 90)
Lowndesboro, Alabama
Playing career
1947Troy State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949–1954Hayneville HS (AL)
1955–1965Robert E. Lee HS (AL)
1966–1971Auburn (freshmen)
1972–1973Troy State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1972–1974Troy State
Head coaching record
Overall11–7–2 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
1 GSC (1973)
Gulf South Coach of The Year (1973)

Jones was a native of Tallassee, Alabama. He played high school football for coach J.E. "Hot" O'Brien and was part of the Tallassee Tigers' legendary 57-game unbeaten streak (56 wins, 1 tie).

He died at his home in Lowndesboro, Alabama on July 14, 2014, at the age of 90.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Troy State Trojans (Gulf South Conference) (1972–1973)
1972 Troy State 4–5–1 2–3–1 5th
1973 Troy State 7–2–1 6–1 1st
Troy State: 11–7–2 8–4–1
Total: 11–7–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "John Tom "Coach" Jones". White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home & Greenwood Serenity Memorial Gardens. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Troy State Names Jones As Head Coach". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, Alabama. February 1, 1972. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Former Troy State University head coach, Auburn assistant coach Tom Jones dies". Alabama Media Group. July 16, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2016.

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