“It is extremely gratifying and humbling to achieve 100 career victories, all here at KCD,” stated Coach Jones. “As soon as the DeSales game concluded and the milestone was complete, my memory was flooded with so many faces and stories of players, assistant coaches, and parents that have loved, supported, and poured their time and energy into our football program. I feel like a very small part of a truly special program.”
The Bearcats took down DeSales with a score of 24-23 in a thrilling overtime game, showcasing the team’s grit and determination. “The 2023 Bearcats are led by 11 of the most talented seniors that we have had here in my tenure,” said Coach Jones. “We have come from behind, on the road, to win two very tough games against larger schools in our first three games and that shows their mental toughness, collective fight, and fortitude. I want this group, just like the teams of the past, to reach their collective potential and be able to look back on their time as Bearcats with pride. They need to remain humble and hungry and, if they do, the sky’s the limit and they have the talent to be our first State Champions.”
Coach Jones joined the Bearcats as Varsity Football Head Coach in 2012, serving as an Assistant Coach in 2011, and has been working hard to enhance KCD’s football program ever since.
“My biggest goals back in 2012 were to ensure that I carried on the legacy of hard work and commitment to something bigger than oneself that Dr. Tim Green and others had already instilled here. I wanted to help all of the players learn to believe in themselves and how tough they could be through hard work and dedication,” stated Coach Jones.
The sense of community built in the Bearcat football program is a huge source of pride for Coach Jones. “Individual achievements, like District and State coach of the year awards, are great and I am certainly proud of them. But really, I am most proud when our former players come back to visit us at practice or when I get a text or a call from them to check in or update me on their lives,” he stated. “I feel so fortunate and grateful to have worked with so many awesome young men and their families. Jill and I have made lifelong friends here at KCD through the football program and that is so gratifying.”
A special thank you from Coach Jones:
I want to thank Peter Huestis and Amy Elliott for their awesome support of the football program and of me personally. I want to thank Dr. Tim Green for bringing our family here to KCD and for always supporting us, going all the way back to 1995! I want to thank all of the outstanding parents and assistant coaches that have supported the program and especially the amazing players who have poured themselves into the KCD Football program every day. No coach can win without committed players that lay it on the line each Friday night. Finally, I want to recognize Coach Ed Long for his tireless and selfless support and love of this school and our program as our Assistant Head Coach. It truly takes a village to be successful and we have the most supportive one that I can imagine here at KCD!