Pictured: Mike Jones leads Hazelwood East to a state title at the championship game in 2008 (photo by STLtoday.com).
St. Louis University High has announced Mike Jones will serve as the new head coach for the varsity football team. Jones, a former NFL player and Super Bowl champion, brings valuable coaching experience at both the high school and college level to SLUH.
"We are fortunate to have Mike Jones as our new varsity football head coach," says SLUH Athletic Director Chris Muskopf '91. "Mike's accomplishments as a player and coach reflect his passion for and dedication to the sport."
Originally from Kansas City and educated in Catholic schools, Jones flourished at Hazelwood East as defensive coordinator from 2004-08 and head coach from 2008-10. During this time, he led the Spartans to a state championship (2008) and a second-place finish (2004). In addition to coaching at the high school level, Jones has served as linebackers coach at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. and head coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
"Our search committee felt confident that Mike's energy, emphasis on teaching the fundamentals of the game, and commitment to use football to develop character and life skills would allow him to establish a strong connection with the players in our program and the SLUH community," says Muskopf.
Following a successful career at Mizzou—where he was a four-year starter, team captain and leader in rushing and receptions—Jones played 12 years in the NFL for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1991-96), St. Louis Rams (1997-2000) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-02). A captain for all three teams, Jones is best known for his tenacious defense and making the tackle that cemented the Rams' Super Bowl victory in 2000.
"As a man of faith, I am looking forward to mentoring and coaching at a school with a rich and deep history of grooming young men," says Jones. "I view my role as more than coaching. These young men are entrusted to me to teach life skills, focus on education and mentor to add value to their communities."
Jones succeeds Gary Kornfeld as head football coach. During his 30-year coaching career, Kornfeld earned the most victories in school history with a 212-105 record.