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Inside the Headset: Ed Jones [PODCAST]

This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Baylor Assistant AD of Player Development, Ed Jones. Jones discusses his personal journey from coaching to player development, shares the importance of mentoring athletes to become well-rounded individuals, and gives insight on the future of player development in college athletics.

Ed Jones serves as Assistant AD for Player Development under head coach Dave Aranda in the Baylor Football program. Jones made the move to Waco following two seasons (2019-20) at Kansas, where he served as Director of Player Development. Jones went to Kansas after three seasons (2016-18) at his alma mater, Houston, where he spent the final two in the same role for the Cougars.

At Kansas, Jones was responsible for the overall development of the student-athletes in the football program. Jones continued to administer the Beyond The Field program, which he created at Houston, to provide programming for the football student-athletes. The programming focused on the personal wellness, community impact and career development of the student-athletes. He created the KU Football Player Committees: career development, community impact, player wellness and social action. The committees were responsible for many student-athlete initiatives in the program.

  • [1:42] Start of Interview
  • [2:55] Personal journey from coaching to player development
  • [5:01] Building culture within a football program
  • [7:38] Networking with other player development leaders
  • [10:08] Writing a book on player development
  • [12:30] Helping athletes become well-rounded individuals
  • [16:35] Preparing athletes for life after football
  • [21:11] The future of player development

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Comments 4

  1. I am so proud of Coach Edward Jones for letting God put this on his heart and following thru with it. I know it has and will help many athletics.

  2. Player development is so necessary and so needed especially nowadays when players sometimes need to reach a sense of self worth for themselves. Lots of them were and are hiding behind the football so to speak
    It is now time for the player to come to the forefront and shine for themselves as a beacon of light, making them feel great about themselves whether on or off the field.

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