Fmr. Troy head football coach Tom Jones passes away - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Fmr. Troy head football coach Tom Jones passes away

Photos of Tom Jones and his wife, Evelyn (Source: Troy Athletics Department) Photos of Tom Jones and his wife, Evelyn (Source: Troy Athletics Department)
TROY, AL (WSFA) -

Former Troy University football head coach and athletics director Tom Jones has died, according to the university's athletics department. Jones passed away at his home in Lowndesboro.

Jones led the football team, then known as the Red Wave, from 1972 to 1973. He capped off his final season with a 6-1 finish in the Gulf South Conference.

Before he coached at Troy, he attended and played there, himself. He stood out for his skills on Troy's football and baseball teams and was ultimately named as one of the first inductees to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Prior to working at Troy, Jones was an assistant coach at Auburn University where he worked with Shug Jordan from 1966 to 1971.

Before going into college sports, Jones coached at the high school level. He spent 11 years as the coach and athletics director at Montgomery's Robert E. Lee High School and 7 years as head coach at Hayneville High School.

Tom Jones, a World War II Navy veteran, is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn, as well as  four children, three grandchildren and two siblings.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Montgomery's White Chapel Greenwood Funeral Home. Jones' family is requesting that in place of any flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Jones was 90 years old.

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