Kenny Jones
Head Coach
2017-18 Men's Soccer Coaches
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Kenny Jones
Kenny Jones

Kenny Jones, who is a six-time American Southwest Conference champion, five-time ASC Coach of the Year and the only UT Tyler men's soccer coach in program history, owns an impressive overall record of 216-90-41 in 19 seasons as a head coach. 

A native of Conway, Ark., Jones has led the Patriots to double-digit wins in all but one season, two ASC East Division titles (2003, 2011), six American Southwest Conference Championships (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015) and four NCAA championship tournament appearances (2008, 2010, 2011, 2017). He notched career win No. 100 on Oct. 17, 2009, picking up an impressive 7-1 victory at home over LeTourneau and his 200th win with a 6-0 victory over LeTourneau on Oct. 1, 2016 in Longview. Jones has coached the Patriots for 16 seasons with a 193-64-35 record in Tyler. 

Most recently, Jones led the Patriots to an 11-4-3 record in 2017 and to the program's fourth NCAA tournament appearance when they earned an at-large bid. UT Tyler, which was ranked in the national polls for a portion of the season, advanced to the ASC Championship final after a 1-0 semifinal win over UT Dallas. Among the postseason highlights, Lucas Pereira and Leandro Cid-Fernandez were named United Coaches Association All-Americans and John McGuffin earned ASC Goalkeeper of the Year. 

Jones led the Patriots to the 2015 regular-season championship with the team finishing the season with a 10-3-3 overall record, and a 7-0-1 record in conference play. The Patriots reached the ASC Championship final, but fell in penalty kicks to have their season end. The team had three NSCAA All-West Region selections in Leandro Cid-Fernandez, Lucas Pereira and Trevor Self. UT Tyler followed the championship season by going 10-6-2 in 2016. The Patriots advanced to the ASC Championship semifinals where they fell in penalty kicks. Cid-Fernandez and Pereira were once again honored as all-region selections under Jones' leadership, while Cid-Fernandez was tabbed as the ASC Offensive Player of the Year and the ASC Midfielder of the Year. The team had five all-conference selections and eight all-academic selections. 

2013 was another standout year for Coach Jones and the Patriots, reaching the American Southwest Conference championship final before falling to Hardin-Simmons in overtime. The Patriots finished the year with a 10-3-5 overall record, and a 7-2-1 conference mark.  UT Tyler finished in the top-five in points, shots, goals, goals-per-game, and were second in goals allowed (.78 per game). Jones helped coach Enoch Shipman to Second Team All-American honors, three All-Region nods and six All-Conference perfomers.

In 2012, the Patriots welcomed a host of newcomers to the team, mixed with a solid group of returning players.  UT Tyler finished in third-place in the ASC east, and qualified for the ASC tournament for the third straight season, and the fifth time in six seasons.  

Six players were named All-ASC performers, including Chris Powell, who was named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete after excelling on the pitch and in the classroom.

The 2011 season was the most successful season yet as the team finished with a 18-3-2 overall record and a 10-1-1 record in the ASC.  The Patriots won the conference's regular season championship as well as the ASC tournament at year's end.  UT Tyler made its third NCAA tournament in history, advancing all the way to the National Quarter-finals before falling to Calvin, 3-2 in double-overtime.  Seven of Coach Jones' players were named to the All-Conference team, while Jake Urbaniak and Victor Almendariz were honored as first team All-Americans.  Urbaniak was also named the National Defender of the Year.  

In 2010, UT Tyler powered its way to a 13-3-2 overall record and a 9-2-1 mark in the ASC.  The Patriots won the conference's regular season championship as well as the ASC tournament at year's end. Advancing to their second NCAA tournament, UT Tyler scored a 1-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first round before falling to No. 1 Trinity on penalty kicks.

In 2009, the Patriots finished with a 6-7-4 overall record behind a very young but talented roster. After starting the year just 2-6-3 with five of six losses by one goal, UT Tyler closed out the 2009 season on a high note with a 4-1-1 mark to place seventh in the league.

In 2008, the Patriots won their third ASC regular-season title in four years and won their first-ever ASC Tournament title. UT Tyler went on to the NCAA Tournament where they easily dispatched Jones' former team, the University of Dallas, before falling to No. 1 and then undefeated Trinity (Texas). The win over Dallas marked the first-ever NCAA win for an ASC team.

Six years earlier, UT Tyler finished its inaugural 2002 season at 13-5-2, then rewarded the University with its first and only United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship to date a year later.

During the championship run, Jones led UT Tyler to an undefeated ASC East Division Championship, near-perfect 19-1 mark and the top seed in the national tournament. The Patriots lived up to their top billing, beating second-seeded Maine-Machias 5-0 to claim the University’s first and only national championship. He was later named ASC and USCAA Coach of the Year.

Prior to becoming UT Tyler’s first soccer coach, Jones was the head coach at the University of Dallas where he compiled a 23-26-6 record in three seasons. He led the Crusaders to their first winning season in 11 years in 2001 and held the University’s records for wins and winning percentage in both a season and over a career.

Jones played soccer for Hendrix College, where he led the team in scoring and was a three-time selection to the All-SCAC Team. His senior year, he was honored as the college's Most Outstanding Male Athlete and went on to play semi-professionally in the USISL for the Arkansas A's. Ironically, his first game and victory as head coach of the Patriots came against Hendrix College.

Jones holds his masters in social work from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and bachelor of liberal arts in psychology from Hendrix College. He currently holds a US Soccer National “A” license, and also a US Soccer National Youth License. He is a member of the North Texas Coaching Education Staff and a staff coach for the North Texas Olympic Development Staff.

Kenny Jones: Year-by-Year

Year School W L T Results/Notes
1999 U of Dallas 7 10 3 ASC West
2000 U of Dallas 2 11 3 ASC West
2001 U of Dallas 14 5 0 Independent
2002 UT Tyler 12 5 2 Inaugural Season
2003 UT Tyler 19 1 0 ASC East Champions; USCAA National Champions
2004 UT Tyler 13 3 0 ASC 2nd Place
2005 UT Tyler 14 3 1 ASC Champions
2006 UT Tyler 14 2 1 ASC Champions
2007 UT Tyler 12 6 1 ASC Tournament Semifinals
2008 UT Tyler 12 4 4 ASC Champions; NCAA 2nd Rd.
2009 UT Tyler 7 4  
2010 UT Tyler 13 3 2 ASC Champions; NCAA 2nd Rd.
2011 UT Tyler 18 3 2 ASC Champions; NCAA National Quarterfinals
2012 UT Tyler 11 6 1 ASC Tournament Qualifier
2013 UT Tyler 10 3 5 ASC Tournament Runner-Up
2014 UT Tyler 8 5 4 ASC Tournament Qualifier
2015 UT Tyler 10 3 3 ASC Regular-Season Champs; ASC Tournament Runner-Up
2016 UT Tyler 10 6 2 ASC Tournament Semifinals
2017 UT Tyler 11 4 3 NCAA 1st Round, ASC Tournament Runner-Up
Career   216 90 41  
2017-18 Men's Soccer
Men's Soccer Coaches
Kenny Jones
Head Coach
Joey Petrich
Assistant Coach