John David Jones
John David Jones’ contributions as a coach, teacher, friend, colleague and leader have touched the lives of many at Wakulla High School and in the Crawfordville community.
Jones had been within the Wakulla High School athletic system for about 33 years. After three years of being an assistant and head JV coach, he eventually became the head coach for boys basketball, football, weightlifting and softball during his tenure at Wakulla. In his 29 years as a football head coach, he had a 219-98 record, made 20 state playoffs and won back-to-back state championships in 1980-81 seasons. Known for never cutting a student-athlete from a team, Jones was the Wakulla High athletic director from 1982 through 1987 and continued coaching until 2006.
He won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for six consecutive years. In 1981 alone, Jones won five Coach of the Year awards. In 2005 the Wakulla High Football Stadium was renamed the David Jones Stadium at Reynolds Field. In 2007, FACA awarded him the Dub Palmer Football Coach Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jones is still an active chapter member of several clubs such as: the Gridiron Club, the Baseball Diamond Club of Wakulla County, the Wakulla Association of Girls Sports, as well as a charter member of the Childers/Everett Scholarship Program and the Houston Taft Scholarship Program.