BATON ROUGE – LSU returned to NFL for latest coaching staff addition as Tigers tabbed it Daronte Jones as defensive coordinator, head coach Ed Orgeron announced Tuesday.
Jones, who coached with former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda for one season at Wisconsin in 2015, has spent the past five years in the NFL, most recently as a defensive back coach for the Minnesota Vikings. His other stops in the NFL came with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins.
“Daronte is a great addition to our staff,” said Orgeron. “We did a lot of research and spoke to a lot of coaches, including Dave (Aranda) and everyone we spoke with were delighted with his knowledge and passion for the game. He’s going to bring tremendous energy to our defense and he will put our players in a position to play, no matter the situation or the plan. Daronte spent a year working with Dave (Aranda) in Wisconsin and he has learned from some of the best in the game over his five years. in the NFL and I know he’s going to do a great job with our defense. I’m delighted he’s an LSU Tiger. ”
Jones joined the Vikings after two years as a high school coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (2018-19) and two years as an assistant defensive back coach with the Miami Dolphins (2016-17).
“I would like to thank Coach Orgeron, Sporting Director Scott Woodard and the administration for this opportunity,” said Jones. “I am blessed and grateful to be a part of the family, community and strong traditions of this program. Geaux Tigers.
During its season with the Vikings, Minnesota ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for interceptions with 15. Safety Harrison Smith led the Vikings and was ranked No.5 in the NFL for interceptions with a career best five. During his two years with the Bengals, he was instrumental in the development of cornerback Darius Phillips, who led Cincinnati with four interceptions in 2019 in just eight games.
As an assistant defensive back coach with the Dolphins from 2016 to 2017, Jones worked with safety Reshad Jones, who led the Dolphins with 122 tackles and secured a Pro Bowl berth in 2017. In his freshman year with the Dolphins in 2016, the Miami defense ranked No.3 in the NFL in interceptions with 16 and the franchise finished fourth in the league in third defense, allowing opponents to convert just 36.1% of his attempts.
Prior to the NFL, Jones coached defensive backs for Aranda’s defense at the University of Wisconsin in 2015, as the Badgers led the country with just seven touchdowns. Wisconsin’s pass defense ranked second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally, allowing 173.2 yards per pass per game.
From 2012-14, Jones was a high school coach at the University of Hawaii, adding the Assistant Head Coach title in 2014. Jones helped improve Hawaii’s pass defense by 62.1 yards per game , as the Rainbow Warriors rose from 85th nationally in 2011 to the 11th best pass defense in the nation in 2012.
A native of Capital Heights, Maryland, Jones previously made coaching saves with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2011 as a defensive back coach and with UCLA in 2010 as a defensive back coach. corner half. Jones was named assistant head coach / defensive coordinator at Bowie State from 2005-2009, where his defenses finished in the nation’s top five three times.
Prior to his stint at Bowie State, Jones served as a defensive coordinator at two high schools in Louisiana – Jeanerette (2004) and Franklin (2003). He also spent the 2002 season as a safety coach at Nicholls State after starting his coaching career in 2001 as a graduate assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. Jones played four seasons as a defensive back at Morgan State before earning his bachelor’s degree in 2001.
Daronte Jones History of coaching
2001 Lenoir-Rhyne (graduate assistant)
2002 Nicholls State (sureties)
2003 Franklin (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2004 Jeanerette High School (La.) (Defensive Coordinator)
2005-09 Bowie State (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator)
2010 UCLA (cornerback)
2011 Montreal Alouettes (defensive backs)
2012-14 Hawaii (secondary, 2012-13; assistant / secondary head coach, 2014)
2015 Wisconsin (defensive backs)
2016-17 Miami Dolphins (assistant defensive backs)
2018-19 Cincinnati Bengals (secondary / cornerback)
2020 Minnesota Vikings (defensive backs)
2021 LSU (defensive coordinator)