Oklahoma high school football: Del City names Robert Jones as next football coach, athletic director
DEL CITY – As soon as the job came open, the Del City community was vocal about who it wanted as the high school's next football coach.
Monday night, it became official.
Robert Jones, who spend the last four seasons as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, was named Del City's next football coach and athletic director at the district's board meeting. Jones also coached the boys track team and was the head strength and conditioning coach.
"I told them in my interview I'm in this for the kids and the community," Jones said. "I'm glad they listened."
Jones, who turned 38 last month, replaces Mike Dunn, who after four years left Del City to take the same position at Carl Albert.
A 2001 graduate of Carl Albert, Jones grew up in south Oklahoma City. He attended U.S. Grant before transferring to Carl Albert, where he won a couple state titles and was named an All-State football player. He started college at NEO in Miami before finishing at Oklahoma State.
Jones coached a couple seasons at Carl Albert after finishing college before spending nearly a decade in Texas, coaching at numerous schools. He came back to Oklahoma with Dunn before the 2017 season and has been at Del City since.
The Eagles are coming off a 4-6 season but bring back numerous young players who are among the state's top recruits in future classes, including defensive back Kanijal Thomas and defensive linemen Jaedon Foreman and David Stone.
Jones said he's excited to continue growing the program's involvement in the community and building character among all of Del City's athletic programs.
"I feel like Del City is always going to have athletes, but I can enhance the character development part of these kids," Jones said. "That's only going to take us to new heights on the field as well."
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