Intelligence, perseverance and integrity are three words that Duval County uses to describe Jon Fox. After 37 years of devoted service to the county, there are many that can vouch for him.
Fox, lettered in basketball once and baseball twice during his time at Burney High School in Indiana and began coaching after his graduation from Ball State University in 1974. After 25 years of coaching – eight as coach and athletic director of Mandarin High School – he took his place as the district athletic director for Duval County Public Schools in 2000.
As an administrator for Duval County Public Schools, Fox spearheaded fundraising efforts to restore 12 sports that were going to be cut in the 2011-12 school year. He is responsible for weekly site visits to assure that student-athletes have appropriate documentation to participate in 17 high schools and 25 middle schools. Fox was the planner, organizer and implementer of the “Save Our Sports” Foundation. In 2011, the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) awarded him the Life Membership Award and the Professional Service Award.
Due to his activism he has accomplished plenty, but not for himself. He secured funding and the completion of air conditioning in 14 high school gyms, as well as lighting for 16 high school baseball/softball complexes. He has constructed six tennis courts and also put a track replacement schedule in place to replace or resurface tracks. His biggest accomplishment was signing a beverage contract, whose funds will go to extracurricular activities at the high school level.
Fox has earned the respect, admiration and friendship of coaches and administrators in all of Duval County.