Jeff Jones is in his first season on the Minnesota staff as a Assistant Coordinator of Recruiting Operations.
Prior to joining the Gophers, he was the Coordinator of Academic Support for the Southern Illinois athletic department. Jones managed all academic support for the athletic department and hosted recruits during campus visits for football, women's basketball, softball and track and field. Jones began working in academics with football at Southern Illinois as a graduate assistant in 2007 under coach Jerry Kill.
Jones was a member of coach Kill's first recruiting class at Southern Illinois in 2001 as a defensive lineman. Jones, who was a three-time captain at Southern Illinois, redshirted his freshman year when the Salukis went 1-10. He then helped lead Southern Illinois to records of 4-8, 10-2, 10-2 and 9-4, which included three straight conference championships from 2003-05.
Jones received both his bachelor's degree (2006) and master's degree (2008) from Southern Illinois.
Jones grew up in Detroit, Mich., and attended the former St. Martin DePorres high school. He currently resides in Minneapolis.