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Jones receives 2008 FCA Grant Teaff Coach of the Year honor

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Head Coach Phil Jones

Head Coach Phil Jones

Jan. 14, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - Shorter College head coach Phil Jones has been awarded the prestigious 2008 Grant Teaff Coach of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the national organization announced Tuesday. The award is named in honor of the former Baylor Coach who was the president of the American Football Coaches Association.

The award was presented to Jones at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday morning at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast.

Jones began his fourth season with the Hawks this year, after beginning the program in the inaugural 2005 season. After coaching the team to 7-4 records the previous two seasons, he excelled in the NAIA this year with nine wins and only three losses, one of which was to NCAA Div. I-FCS Western Carolina. Additionally, he led Shorter to their first-ever postseason appearance in November against the University of the Cumberlands.

"Of all the coaching awards that Phil could have received, I know that for him, this one has to be the best," said Shorter College athletic director, Bill Peterson. "He and Janie have been strong supporters and contributors to FCA for many, many years so this award seems entirely fitting. His faith is truly apparent - not only does he talk the talk, but he also walks the walk - and he is a great example for both our student-athletes and for our coaches. "

Previous winners of the award are Sylevester Croom (Mississippi State - 2007), Tommy Bowden (Clemson - 2006), and Tommy Tuberville (Auburn - 2005).

Last month, Jones was named the AFCA's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Division I Coach of the Year.

"He is the kind of man that you hope your son can play for," added Peterson. "My own life, and that of my family, has been blessed by having him in it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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