20160303_101144Shaw University has hired Adrian Jones as its new head football coach, Director of Athletics Dr. Alfonza Carter announced Thursday [ watch video ]. Jones becomes the 17th head coach in program history.

Jones joins Shaw athletics with impressive credentials in the football coaching ranks. He comes to Shaw from North Carolina Central University where he was the assistant coach and running backs coach for the Eagles.

During his two stints at NC Central, Jones worked with defensive backs and outside linebackers. Under his leadership the Eagles garnered two CIAA championships in 2005 and 2006. His players were also a part of the 2006 black college national championship squad.

Prior to NCCU, Jones led his high school alma mater, Southern High School in Durham, N.C., to the 2013 NCHSAA 3-AA state championship title.

In his seventh season as the head coach at Southern High, Jones led the Spartans to the state title following the team’s seventh straight playoff appearance under his supervision. With a Big 8 Conference championship also part of the team’s historic run, Jones was selected as the 2013 Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year. He was also the PAC-6 Coach of the Year three times after charging the Spartans to three consecutive PAC-6 championships from 2007 to 2009.