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Greg Jones
Greg Jones
Title: Assistant Director of Club Sports || Head Club Football Coach
Organization: Sacred Heart University
Phone: 203-371-7852
Year: 5th Year

Greg graduated from Sacred Heart in 2010 with a B.S. in Sports Management. Originally from Westborough, MA, Greg arrived to campus in the fall of 2006 after being recruited to play for the Division 1 football program here at Sacred Heart. After suffering a knee injury that limited him to 8 games, he joined the varsity coaching staff as a student assistant his senior year. Upon graduation, he joined the staff full time as the graduate defensive assistant in 2011, and then as the safety’s coach the following four years working closely with former Sacred Heart Defensive Coordinator Dave Wissman and former secondary coach Bryan Butterworth, who is currently the Secondary Coach and Passing Coordinator at Campbell University. Greg helped assist a defense that was a top ranked defense nationally and led the nation in turnover ratio. Greg was also part of the coaching staff when the Pioneers won back to back NEC Championships, and played in their first two FCS Playoff games ever.

He joined the club sports staff in the spring of 2015, at which point he was also named Head Club Football Coach. In their inaugural season, the Club Pioneers won the North Atlantic Conference Championship with a 7-2 record overall and took on Miami (OH) in the NCFA (National Club Football Association) National Semi-Final. The Pioneers finished with one player on the NCFA All-American teams in their first year which was offensive lineman Ryan Murtha. The Pioneers defeated Vermont for their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship. 

In 2016, the Pioneers finished the regular season undefeated and ranked in the top 5 of the NCFA, peaking at #3 in the country. However, the Pioneers were upset at home by the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, a conference rival in the North Atlantic Division. Jones had 7 players named to the First and Second All-American Teams, including his QB Will Kassar who led an NCFA Record Breaking offense, completeing over 80% of his passes for over 11 yards per reception. Starting WR/S/All Purpose Player Mark Barranger was the first athlete to be named to the First and Second Teams in three positions during 2016 campaign.

2017 was another record breaking year for the Pioneers, after the disappointment from the previous year. Sacred Heart opened the season with a tough opponent from Onondaga Community College, a team full of college prospects, and through the blazing heat on Campus field held them to 6 points with three goal-lind stands. The Pioneers were routinely ranked in the top 5 through the season, defeating each NAC opponent during the regular season while winning the North Atlantic Conference Championship for the second time. Jones' defense, led by perenial Defensive Player of the Year candidate Brian Moore and Mark Barranger amongst others, was the #1 defense in the country, holding conference opponents to 1.4 points per game in the regular season and conference championship. The Pioneer defense led the league in turnovers, sacks, safety's and points per game. At one point during the season, the Pioneers did not give up a single point from September 23rd until November 18th in the National Semi-Final. Jones' team played the defending National Champions Oakland Grizzlies in the National Semi-Final, defeating them on their way to the National Championship against Fort Lauderdale

The Pioneers played Fort Lauderdale in West Virginia on December 2nd. A game of back and forth football, the Pioneers led early but fell late after giving up consecutive touchdowns at the end of the first half. However, once the sun went down the game changed. The Pioneers scored 14 unanswered points and won the National Championship. The Pioneers placed 13 players on the First and Second Team All-American squad, including Mark Barranger who was the first player to be named to both the First Team Offense and First Team Defense. They also played 8 players on the Academic All-American team, also including Barranger who was named to the First and Second Academic All-American team which was another league first. Jones was named the 2017 Coach of the Year for his team and staff's historical season.

The 2018 campaign had the Pioneers start the year with a non-conference exhibition game against the Mansfield Mounties in Pennsylvania. Mansfield is a member of the Sprint Football League which mandates that their players all play under a 172lb weight limit. The Pioneers were outmatched, and lost 26-10 which was their first lost in 2 years. However, after the loss the Pioneers were ranked #1 in the NCFA and started the regular season play after another non-conference battle with the MHC Green Wave. The Pioneers went undefeated for the second straight year in the regular season, which included a monmumental comeback against the Johnson & Wales Wildcats. Down 20-0 at halftime, the Pioneers scored 28 points in the second half to beat the Wildcats on the road. The win would define the team, as Jones and the Pioneers played the Wildcats for the second time in the 2018 season in the NAC Championship. Sacred Heart would win the game handily by a score of 36-0, the second straight year the Pioneers would shut out their opponent in the championship. They would advance again to the National Semi-Final against the Oakland Grizzlies. The end result would vary, with the Pioneers falling to the Grizzlies by a score of 38-14. The Pioneers would place two players on the All-American First and Second team, Shane McLaughlin and JT Manolopoulos, both offensive lineman.

Jones is originally from Westborough, Masschusetts where he played for Mark Ellis at Westborough High School. He went to Bridgton Academy in Maine, playing for HC Rick Marcella before coming to SHU. His record currently as the Head Coach for the Club Football is 31-4. He currently resides in Milford, CT with his fiancé Chelsea and their dog Jules.