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Jones resigns as football coach at El Dorado

by Tony Burns | November 18, 2022 at 7:28 p.m.

Steven Jones resigned from his position as El Dorado’s head football coach on Friday. Jones finished his fourth season as the Wildcats’ head coach and led the team to the 2021 6A state championship a year ago.

“It’s been on my heart to find a job that would allow me to spend more time with my family. I have resigned from my job as head football coach at El Dorado and I’m taking a job outside of education,” Jones said in a statement. “I am forever thankful to the administration and school board for giving me an opportunity. I appreciate all of you. Thanks to everyone for all the support over the last four seasons.”

El Dorado’s varsity football team went 25-20 during Jones’ tenure, including a 5-6 season in 2022. The Wildcats were 11-2 in 2021 after seasons of 5-5 and 4-7.

“We’re going to hate to see him go. He fit all the qualifications we looked for when we hired him,” said El Dorado athletic director Phillip Lansdell. “The first thing is he’s a good person, good Christian person. He brought us back and won a state championship. He had some good young talent coming but we have to understand the reasons why he’s getting out.

“He was a good fit for our community and just an overall good person.”

Jones planned to step away from coaching and education but will remain in El Dorado. He said his new occupation will be Business Development Manager for Ideal Construction.

“I wanted to have more flexibility in my day-to-day schedule so I could do the best I can to be a good husband and a good dad and spend more time with my family,” said Jones, whose four children are ages 8, 6 and 3-year-old twins.

Jones, who coached his alma mater Junction City to a state championship before he took the El Dorado position, was asked if he could return to coaching at some point in the future.

“My wife and I talked about this decision. It’s time for me to make a change. We’ve kind of walked down that road. I don’t feel like that’s something I’m going to do.”

As far as Jones’ replacement at El Dorado, Lansdell said, “We’ll meet after Thanksgiving break and set up criteria and go from there on how we’ll proceed.”


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