Amos Jones
Assistant Special Teams Coach


Amos Jones is in his fifth season as the assistant special teams coach for the Steelers after being hired on Jan. 29, 2007.

Amos Jones is in his fifth season as the assistant special teams coach for the Steelers after being hired on Jan. 29, 2007.

Jones has been instrumental in the development of rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who became a fixture on the Steelers’ special teams units in 2010. Sanders was the teams primary kick returner and averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return, including a long of 48 yards. Additionally, cornerback Anthony Madison led the team in 2010 with 22 special teams tackles while safety Ryan Mundy (15 tackles) and cornerback William Gay (13 tackles) all played major roles in the teams’ special units in 2010.

In 2009, Jones coached the Pittsburgh’s special teams to set a team kickoff return yardage record of 1,581, topping the previous 1988 record by six yards. Jones coached the Steelers with the NFL’s top kick coverage unit during the 2008 season. The units were led by Madison, who led the team with 25 special teams tackles, and rookie Patrick Bailey, who was named the Steelers’ Rookie of the Year for his outstanding work on special teams.

Jones, 51, spent the previous three years at Mississippi State as the special teams/ linebackers coach (2004-05) and outside linebackers coach (2006). Under Jones’ guidance, three linebackers earned Freshman All-SEC recognition and two punters earned all-conference honors.

A coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Jones arrived at Mississippi State from James Madison University. He spent the 2003 football season as the Dukes’ tight ends and special teams coach.

Prior to James Madison, Jones coached the running backs and special teams for four years at the University of Cincinnati (1999-2002). During his stay in the Queen City, Jones’ handiwork helped all-American placekicker Jonathan Ruffin earn the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2000. During that same time, his punter, Adam Wulfeck earned All-Conference USA honors, and he coached a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.

Jones, who has coaching experience on the high school, collegiate and professional levels, coached the linebackers at Tulane University in 1995-96. He spent the 1992 season at the University of Pittsburgh as the kicking game coordinator.

Jones had two stints of duty at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. He worked with the Crimson Tide special teams in 1990-91 under head coach Gene Stallings. In 1990 under his guidance, Alabama had the nation’s top-rated percentage placekicker (Philip Doyle). A decade earlier, Jones began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1981-82.

Between his two assignments in Tuscaloosa, Jones coached the tight ends (1983-85) and then the defensive line (1986-88) (under current Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) at Temple University from 1983-88, while also coordinating with the Owls’ special teams.

Jones worked one season with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League (1997), helping guide them to a Western Division playoff berth, and has worked in the high school ranks in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

A 1982 graduate of Alabama, Jones played safety and running back for Bryant. He was a member of the 1978 and ‘79 Tide teams that went 23-1 and earned back-to-back SEC titles, national championships and Sugar Bowl crowns. Jones later earned his master’s degree from Alabama.

Jones and his wife Stacey, have four children, daughter Samantha (22) and sons Joshua (18), Nathan (10) and Jeremy (7).