Joe Jon Finley knows a thing or two about being a tight end; that’s what helped him land at Missouri.
Missouri officially named Finley the team’s tight ends coach, the school announced on Friday.
The addition of Finley rounds out first-year Missouri coach Barry Odom’s full-time coaching staff.
“Joe Jon brings great energy and enthusiasm to our program, he is a winner who has proven himself in a short time to be a valuable asset offensively in run game organization, concepts and teaching,” said Odom.
“He has great experience working with the tight end position at a couple of very successful programs, and he’s gone from playing that position at a very high level to carrying that over into coaching. I’m excited about his experience with tempo, as well as his deep ties with recruiting in Texas, where both his father and brother have been high school coaches. His knowledge of that area, as well as his prior relationships with our staff make him a great fit for what we’re looking for.”
In 2015, Finley coached tight ends and served as an offensive quality control specialist with Baylor, helping the unit lead the nation in total offense (616 yards per game) and scoring (48.1 points per game).
Finley boasts a highly success playing career as well. He played tight end at Oklahoma from 2003-07, then enjoyed a five-year NFL career, including stints with the San Francisco 49ers (2008-10), Detroit Lions (2010-11) and Carolina Panthers (2012).
After a brief tour in the high school ranks, Finley returned to Oklahoma as a tight ends and tackles coach in 2012-13. He returned to coaching high school in 2014, where he led Los Fresnos High School (Texas) to its longest playoff run in school history.
Following that, Finley joined Baylor’s coaching staff in 2015.