New Missouri football coach Barry Odom finalized his staff Friday with the hiring of Joe Jon Finley to coach tight ends, the school announced.
Finley, 30, spent last season as Baylor’s assistant director of football operations and was in charge of offensive quality control, breaking down film for tendencies and applying statistics to help assist in game-planning.
With Finley’s hiring, Odom has filled out the nine full-time positions on his staff. The others are:
Andy Hill, associate head coach/wide receivers
DeMontie Cross, defensive coordinator/linebackers
Josh Heupel, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Greg Brown, cornerbacks
Glen Elarbee, offensive line
Cornell Ford, running backs
Ryan Walters, safeties
Chris Wilson, defensive line
Finley played college football at Oklahoma, where he was a two-time All-Big 12 honorable mention. He spent two seasons on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 2008 and 2009, and the next two seasons with the Detroit Lions (and was on the active roster for two games in 2011). He went to training camp with the Carolina Panthers in 2012.
Finley totaled 775 yards and 10 touchdowns in 50 games at Oklahoma from 2003 to 2007, helping the program win conference titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
He worked in offensive quality control for the Sooners in 2012 and 2013, bookended by stints on the staff of his brother, Clint, at Los Fresnos (Texas) High School in 2011 and 2014.
The native of Brownwood, Texas, earned a degree in sociology with an emphasis in business at Oklahoma.
He and his wife, Caylee, have two children — a daughter, Blakely, and a son, Knox.