Ernest T. Jones
Associate Head Coach / Defensive Backs Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Ernest T. Jones enters his first season as the Associate Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator at Morgan State. In addition to his co-defensive coordinator role, Jones will also coach the secondary.
"Ernest brings a wealth of experience to the program," said MSU interim head coach Fred T. Farrier. "He has been a head coach twice and coached at premiere BCS programs. He has recruited all over the country and coached in a BCS national championship game.”
“I look forward to the contributions he will make as a coach, mentor and a recruiter as we work to move the program forward. I believe his recruiting ties and acumen will help us elevate our national recruiting profile.”
Jones was previously the head coach at ASA Miami, a two-year college that started its first football season in 2015.
Jones’ tenure at ASA Miami came after working briefly as the running backs coach for UConn in 2014, and a three-year stint at Notre Dame that began in 2011. He served as Notre Dame’s as director of player development and engagement.
Jones was responsible for helping develop the Fighting Irish football players in three of the five core areas head coach Brian Kelly uses to develop complete student-athletes: intellectual development, social development and spiritual development. He also acted as a liaison between the football players and coaching staff plus served as primary contact between both the student welfare and development office and academic services for student-athletes department.
Jones was associate head coach of the University of Buffalo football team in 2010-11. In addition to his title of associate head coach at Buffalo, Jones coached the Bulls' cornerbacks and served as recruiting coordinator. He also oversaw the "Bulls in the Community" program, an initiative that encouraged Buffalo football players to be active in community service. In this capacity, Jones initiated and oversaw the football team's adoption of Jacob Ortel, a local pediatric cancer patient.
Jones served as director of player services at Cincinnati in 2009 (as a member of Kelly's staff), providing guidance and counseling to the Bearcats' football team. He worked with the academic services department regarding classroom performance and managed the "Cats in the Community" program.
From 2000-08, Jones was a college football coach, including one year as a head coach and three years coaching at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. He was head coach at Alcorn State in 2008 and was an assistant coach under Kelly from 2005-07. Jones coached the running backs at Cincinnati in 2007, the running backs at Central Michigan in 2006 and coached the Chippewas' cornerbacks in 2005.
Prior to joining Kelly's coaching staff, Jones served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Oberlin in 2004. He coached the defensive backs and was recruiting coordinator at Kentucky State in 2003.
His first coaching job was at Concordia University (Minn.) where he worked with defensive backs from 2000-02.
Jones earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Alcorn State in 1995. He received a master's degree in human services from Concordia in 2002 and is currently working towards his doctorate degree in educational leadership from Walden University.
Jones and his wife, Kimberly, have two sons: Kgai and Myles.
Linebackers / Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Antonio James enters his first season with the Morgan State Bears as the defensive line coach.
James arrived at MSU after previously serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Michigan Wolverines, where he assisted with the defensive line.
Prior to joining U-M, James coached the defensive line and outside linebackers at Urbana High School from 2011-13.
James was a four-year letterman on the defensive line at the University of Illinois (2006-09), and helped lead the Fighting Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl Game. He appeared in 46 career games with six starts, and finished his collegiate career with 40 tackles, six tackles-for-losses and two-and-a-half sacks.
James earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois. He attended Washington High School, where he was named a first-team All-Ohio selection by the Associated Press as a senior.
Morgan State head football coach Fred. T. Farrier has announced that William Carr is joining the Bears' coaching staff as defensive line coach.
"I am excited for William Carr to join our staff," said Farrier. "He brings a great background into the position with him having played at an All-American level in college and being drafted to play in the NFL."
"His expertise in the trenches will benefit our players greatly," added Farrier. " He also brings the ability to relate very well to our players and I think he will be able to challenge them to attack and achieve more. I look forward to his contributions and I am glad to bring him into our staff room."
Carr comes to Morgan State following a season as a defensive analyst coach at Texas, where he worked alongside head coach Charlie Strong, in fielding one of the top defensive units in the country. The Longhorns' defensive unit ranked No. 5 in the country in sacks and 16th in tackles for loss.
Carr was a standout nose tackle for the Michigan Wolverines. While there he earned First team All-American honors and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection. Carr was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 1997 draft and he then spent 1999-2005 playing in the Arena Football League and before returning to his native Dallas to run an apparel company.
Carr's coaching career began when former Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke offered Carr the opportunity to serve as a position coach at a Michigan football camp. From 2012-2013, he worked as the defensive line coach at Arizona Western College, tutoring future NFL player Randy Gregory (Dallas Cowboys). The Matadors' defense ranked in the top 5 in every major defensive category in back-to-back seasons and posted the school's first Bowl game victory in 40 years.
The following year, he joined Hoke's staff in a role working with the defensive linemen and stayed on when Jim Harbaugh took over for Hoke. The Wolverines' 2014 defense ranked No. 6 in the nation in total defense, and improved to No. 4 during a 2015 season in which the team tied a school record by pitching three consecutive shutouts.
During his stint at Michigan, Carr mentored several future NFL players including: Frank Clark (Seattle Seahawks), Willie Henry (Baltimore Ravens), Taco Charlton (Dallas Cowboys), Ryan Glasgow (Cincinnati Bengals), Chris Wormley (Baltimore Ravens) and Matt Godin (Houston Texans).
The Dallas, Texas, product earned his bachelor's degree in sports marketing from the University of Michigan.
Carr has a son: William Braden Carr.