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Norman North names new football coach

Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino and Director of Athletics T.D. O’Hara announced jointly Monday that Justin Jones has been named the next head football coach at Norman North High School.

Jones comes to Norman from Bishop McGuinness, where he spent the last seven years as head coach for the Fighting Irish. During that span, Jones racked up a cumulative record of 68-22 that included back-to-back state championship game appearances in 2016 and 2017 and three state semi-finals appearances.

“We are excited to welcome coach Jones and his family to Norman North,” O’Hara said. “Coach Jones has a proven pedigree as a head coach that includes appearances in the Class 5A state championship game the past two years and four state semi-final appearances during his time at Bishop McGuinness High School. Coach Jones has also been past president of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, which speaks to the overall respect coaches across the state have for him and the work he has done. His passion and dedication for the game of football, and more importantly kids, are what make him a good fit at Norman North. I look forward to watching the school’s football program grow under his direction.”

“I’m excited,” Jones said. “When you look at 6A programs in Oklahoma, Norman North absolutely stands out. From the administration to the type of players, to what they’ve done in the recent history—I’m excited to be here and to have the opportunity and the challenge to continue that trend.”

While leading Bishop McGuinness to five regional championships and two area championships, Jones’s teams also excelled in the classroom, winning five academic state championships. He has also occupied several leadership roles, including a term as president of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association. Jones is currently serving as president of the USA Football National High School Football Coaches Alliance.

Prior to his tenure at Bishop McGuinness, Jones spent three seasons at the helm for Woodward High School where his teams twice finished ranked in the top 15 in the state. He served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for Edmond North High School from 2005-2008 and also has assistant coaching experience at Westmoore High School.

Jones was a two-year letterman at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he played linebacker and earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies education. He recently completed a master’s degree in education and sports administration from East Central Oklahoma University.

“Our program will be built on family and we’re going to all be in it together,” Jones said. “It is not going to be my program, it will be our program. My mission statement everywhere I’ve been is that we would be the hardest-working, best-conditioned and most disciplined team in the state of Oklahoma. That has allowed us to have success at every stop, and that is something that we will bring to Norman North. We’ll start living out that mission, but more importantly, we’re going to start building relationships. I’m a very relational coach. Whatever we achieve success-wise we are going to do it together.”

Jones takes over a Norman North program that went 26-9 over the last three seasons under former head coach Brent Barnes, who recently departed for a position in his home state of Arizona.

Widely considered one of the top programs in Oklahoma’s class 6A, the T-Wolves have boasted a prolific offense in recent years, setting school records in nearly every offensive category. Norman North has notched at least seven wins in five of the last six seasons, twice hitting the 12-win mark in that span, while making two state championship game appearances.

“Norman North has been very successful and we’re not going to try to reinvent the wheel,” Jones said. “We’re going to partner together to continue the tradition and also build something new.”

Jones is married to Keri Jones; they have three children.