Jimmy Jones moved to Monroe, LA from Bosco, LA. He is the son of Goldman and Hattie Mae Jones. Primary education was at Union Baptist Elementary School in Bosco, LA., middle school and secondary education at Richwood High School in Monroe, LA. With encouragement from family, friends, and neighbors, Jimmy graduated from Grambling State University with a major in Health and Physical Education; minor in Social Studies. While at Grambling, Jimmy played baseball (shortstop and second baseman) under the direction of Waldo Emerson Jones, affectionately known as Pres. Jimmy performed his student teaching at Pinecrest High School in Winnfield, LA. Jimmy pursued and achieved his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision at Northeast Louisiana University, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.
Jimmy Jones (affectionately known as Coach Jones), can be described as the epitome of, conviction and dedication. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. He was passionate about “Excellence not being an option, but a prevailing attitude”- As an educator, Jimmy taught Health and Physical Education, Civics, Social Studies, and Free Enterprise. He is an advocate for promoting diversity and inclusion. You will often hear him say, “I’m in the people business”. Jimmy was selected Teacher of the Year four times. Jimmy Jones retired from the Louisiana Educational School System after forty-two years of diligently aligning path and purpose, with great perseverance, tenacity and courage.
Because of the unwavering commitment Jimmy has shown to Athletics, he was granted a “Lifetime Pass” to any High School and Collegiate activity in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. He is an accomplished Football and Basketball referee. As an assignment secretary of Football and Basketball for the Monroe Association for ten years, he coordinated recruitment of and assignments of persons to officiate the games. He was a referee for the first high school football game played in the New Orleans Superdome. He also served as College Referee for ten games in the Bayou Classic (Grambling vs. Southern) New Orleans Superdome and NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas as well as Head Referee (Crew Chief) in five of the ten Bayou Classic games. He was a College Football Official/Supervisor for thirty-five years and Coordinator for six years. As a College Football Referee, Jimmy officiated in ten NFL stadiums.
During his tenure as the Boys Basketball Coach at Carroll High School, the extraordinary teams he had the honor of coaching played in Divisions 3AAA, 4AAAA, and 5AAAA. They won fourteen District Championships and Jimmy was selected Head Coach of the District, fourteen times. Under Jimmy’s leadership, the outstanding coaching staff and trainers, Carroll’s Boys Basketball Team, consisted of extraordinary student-athletes who had the distinct privilege of participating in the Basketball Top 20 and Top 28. Jimmy was selected as Head Coach of the Year for the State of Louisiana, 4AAAA.
As Carroll Jr. High School Principal for many years, his leadership, integrity, judgment, and reliability was greatly celebrated as he was honored Principal of the Year Finalist for three consecutive years. Jimmy and his team significantly improved the school’s performance, productivity and cost effectiveness. Under his direction, Carroll Jr. High School became a Magnet School and had outstanding Athletic programs.
Jimmy Jones is God-fearing and grateful for an amazing family. Jimmy is married to Mary Jones, and the couple has three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.