It’s now official, Louisville football is losing one assistant coach this off season. Inside linebackers coach Dale Jones is leaving Louisville to go back to Appalachian State.
Jones will be the defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers under new coach Shawn Clark, the school announced today. Much of Jones’ coaching career took place at Appalachian State, before leaving to join Scott Satterfield at Louisville this season.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Jones coached for the Mountaineers from 1996-2018. In those 22 years, Jones had various roles. He coached the defensive line and linebackers, and acted as the defensive coordinator from 2010-12. He was the co-defensive coordinator, shared with Bryan Brown, in 2018.
Under Jones, linebacker C.J. Avery had a breakout season. The junior had a team-high, and career-high, 93 tackles.
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Jones’ departure will open an assistant coaching position for Louisville. According to NCAA rules, a team is limited to a maximum of 10 assistant coaches, Satterfield is not required to add another inside linebackers coach. Co-defensive coordinator Cort Dennison also coaches the outside linebackers, but historically Satterfield has had two linebackers coaches.
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Jones is the only inside linebackers coach Satterfield has ever had. He’ll now move to hiring a new assistant before spring practice begins.