Daronte’ Jones has been hired as UCLA’s defensive graduate assistant, Bruin head coach Rick Neuheisel announced. His duties include assisting the defensive coaches with game preparation and working with the cornerbacks.
Jones comes to UCLA after serving five seasons (2005-09) as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. In addition to coordinating the Bulldogs defense, Jones also serves as the Pro Liaison.
During his five years, the defense captured an aggressive, attacking scheme that has gained the Bulldogs high recognition, both at the conference and national levels. In 2009, the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 among all Division II teams in total defense, allowing just 217.7 yards per game. They also ranked No. 2 nationally in rushing defense (56.5 yards per game) and ninth in pass efficiency defense. Two Bulldogs were named first-team All-CIAA and two more were named to the second unit.
During his tenure, the Bowie State defense ranked in the Top 10 nationally in five different statistical categories (total defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks and rushing defense, including 3rd or higher in total defense). Under Jones’ watch, eight defensive players were named All-CIAA, three named All-CIAA Rookie Class, and one D2football.com All-American.
Before joining the Bulldog staff, Jones served as assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Jeanerette (LA) Senior High School (2004) and assistant coach and physical education teacher at Franklin Senior High School (2003-2004). He also served as assistant football coach/defensive backs at Nicholls State University (2002-2003) and defensive graduate assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne College (2001-2002).
A native of Capital Heights, MD, Jones earned a bachelor’s in 2001 from Morgan State University. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.