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 Nolan Jones
Nolan Jones

Director of Football Operations

Nolan Jones enters his second season as director of football operations at UK. He assists head coach Joker Phillips in all daily football operations and administrative duties.

Prior to UK, Jones worked five years as the director of football operations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He began at Northwestern in the spring of 2005 as its assistant director of football operations before being promoted to director of football operations in 2006. Prior to working at NU, Jones served as the director of football operations at Princeton (2004-05) and Eastern Kentucky (2003). He jump started his career path at Kentucky in 2002, serving as a football operations assistant under head coach Guy Morriss.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jones was a first-team All-Ohio placekicker at Northridge High School. He began his collegiate career at Miami (Ohio). An injury, however, ended his kicking career before his freshman year. Jones then transferred to Eastern Kentucky, where he was an assistant coach in 2000-01 at Madison Central High in Richmond, Ky. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and a master's degree in sports administration from EKU.

Jones currently serves on the American Football Coaches Association national committee for directors of football operations.

He and his wife, Crystal, have two sons, Brycen and Parker.