Following similar stints at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and Princeton University, Nolan Jones joined Northwestern in the spring of 2005 as its assistant director of football operations. He was promoted to director of football operations in June of 2006, a position he held until June of 2011 when he was named the director of football operations at Kentucky.
Jones duties includes overseeing the internal and external operations of the football program. Jones currently serves on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) football operations national committee for Directors of Football Operations. This is his second stint on the committee after also serving during his time as the director of football operations at Princeton, where Jones was from 2004-05 prior to coming to Evanston.
Jones spent the 2003 season working as the director of football operations and graduate assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky. In 2002, Jones was a football operations assistant at Kentucky.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jones earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from Eastern Kentucky in 2003 and a master's degree in sports administration from the same school in 2004.
After graduating from Dayton's Northridge High School, where he was a first-team all-Ohio place-kicker, Jones began his collegiate career at Miami (Ohio). An injury, however, ended his kicking career prior to the start of his freshman year. Jones then transferred to Eastern Kentucky, where he started his coaching career as an assistant coach from 2000-01 at Madison Central High in Richmond, Ky.
At Northridge, Jones played with current NU assistant coach Matt MacPherson as well as NU's assistant director of strength and conditioning, Jay Hooten. Jones, Hooten and MacPherson were coached by MacPherson's father.
Jones and his wife, Crystal, have a son, Brycen, born Jan. 22, 2009.