Khari Jones named Lions' new offensive co-ordinator

The B.C. Lions on Monday named Khari Jones their new offensive co-ordinator Monday after he spent the last two CFL seasons coaching quarterbacks with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Ex-CFL pivot spent past 2 years as Riders QB coach

Khari Jones, right, is the Lions' new offensive co-ordinator. The former CFL quarterback was a named the league's most outstanding player in 2001. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

The B.C. Lions named Khari Jones as their new offensive co-ordinator Monday.

Jones joins the Lions after two seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"Khari is a young, fresh football mind that brings a key combination of significant playing and coaching experience to the role of offensive co-ordinator,'' Lions head coach Mike Benevides said in a statement. "After a number of conversations with Khari over the past couple of weeks, I am very excited about his positive approach to the game, the offensive concepts he will bring to our offence and how they will translate on the field.''

Prior to joining the Riders, Jones served as Hamilton's offensive co-ordinator in 2011. Jones began his CFL coaching career as the Ticats' quarterbacks coach in '09.

Jones began his CFL playing career as a quarterback with the Lions in '97 before being dealt to Winnipeg in 2000. In 2001, Jones was named the league's outstanding player after guiding the Bombers to a 14-4 regular-season record.

Jones also played for Calgary (2004) and Hamilton (2005) and twice went to training camp with Edmonton before joining CBC's CFL broadcast crew in 2006.