Tony Hughes hires 3 more assistants to round out JSU staff - - Jackson, MS

Tony Hughes hires 3 more assistants to round out JSU staff

JACKSON ( - Jackson State University head football coach Tony Hughes has added three more football coaches to his staff. Hughes has tabbed Clifton Collins to serve as his defensive backs coach, Matt Jones as the offensive line coach and Williams "Sleepy" Robinson as the running backs coach. 

Clifton Collins (DBs)

A former defensive secondary standout for the Ole Miss Rebels, Clifton Collins has been named as a member of the Jackson State football coaching staff by head coach Tony Hughes. Prior to coming to JSU, Collins spent eight seasons as the East Mississippi Community College defensive backs coach.

Collins was a key member of the Lions’ coaching staff run of seven consecutive MACJC state playoff appearances. During that span as the NJCAA’s second-winningest football program, East Mississippi claimed three NJCAA national championships in four years, four MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 titles in six seasons as well as six MACJC North Division crowns over the past seven years.

In addition, Collins has been a part of the EMCC coaching staff that sent an average of 23 players per year to the university level dating back to 2008. From the Lions’ perennial crop of talented defensive backs, Collins has helped tutor 2013 NJCAA interception leader and Arkansas State signee Allen Sentimore, former NJCAA All-American Justin Cox (Mississippi State) along with defensive secondary standouts A.J. Stamps and Byerson Cockrell at the University of Kentucky and University of Nebraska, respectively.

Throughout Collins’ successful EMCC coaching stint, the Lions have annually rated among the nation’s defensive statistical leaders in interceptions. During the team’s back-to-back national championship seasons, East Mississippi was tied for third nationally with 21 picks in 2014 after ranking second among the NJCAA team ranks with 30 pass interceptions in 2013.  Previously under Collins’ tutelage, EMCC rated sixth among 2012 NJCAA leaders with 22 pass interceptions and tied for ninth nationally with 18 picks during the Lions’ 2011 national championship season.

Matt Jones (OL)

Matt Jones was selected by head coach Tony Hughes to be the offensive line coach for the Jackson State University football program. Jones comes to JSU after serving, for the last two seasons, as the offensive graduate assistant at Tulane.

Jones went to Tulane after spending the 2013 season as the tight ends coach at Villanova University, where he helped the Wildcats to a 6-5 overall record.

Prior to Villanova, Jones coached at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., for two seasons as the offensive line coach, as well as the run game and academic coordinator. Jones helped Avila set 16 offensive school records, including fewest sacks allowed, rushing yards in a season and rushing touchdowns

William “Sleepy” Robinson (RB)

William “Sleepy” Robinson has been tabbed to be the running backs coach and recruitment coordinator by Jackson State University head football coach Tony Hughes.

Robinson comes to JSU from Mississippi State University where he served as the Bulldogs’ recruiting specialist for three seasons. Prior to taking the position at MSU, Robinson coached high school football for over 16 years, with eight serving as head coach. His last high school head coaching position was at Durant High School.

Robinson, a Jackson, Mississippi native, was a star quarterback at Mississippi State from 1990-92. While at MSU the former Wingfield standout is ranked ninth among MSU signal callers in passing efficiency. 

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