FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Community School District on Tuesday announced the hiring of a new head football coach. Matt Jones, who once led the Twin Cedars Sabers to the state semifinals, will take over for longtime head coach Mike Schenck.
Jones’s proven ability to lead students and adults, his strong desire to teach life lessons through the sport of football, his passion and knowledge of football, and his prior experiences made him an ideal candidate to continue Fairfield’s strong football tradition,” Fairfield athletic and activities director Jeff Courtright said of the hire.
Jones, originally from Rockford, participated in football and was a four-sport student-athlete and letterwinner in northern Iowa. Jones continued his football career at Central College in Pella where he was an All-Iowa Conference player, a four-year letter winner and a two-year starter while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science with a Physical Education focus.
After graduating from Central College in 2001, Jones was hired by Twin Cedars as a K-12 Physical Education Teacher. At Twin Cedars, he served as head coach for the Sabers in football, boys track, softball and was the school’s athletic director.
During his time at Twin Cedars, the Saber football team qualified for the Eight-Man state playoff three times by claiming district championships. The 2002 Sabers advanced all the way to the state semifinal round, the furthest the program has ever advanced in postseason play.
In 2008, Jones was hired by the Fairfield Community School District as a sixth-eighth-grade Physical Education Teacher and as an assistant seventh-grade football Coach. Jones became Fairfield High School’s varsity football defensive coordinator in 2009 and helped guide this team to a Class 3A state playoff berth.
Jones obtained his PK-12 Principal/PK-12 Special Education Supervisor licensures after obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Iowa State University. In 2010, Jones was hired as Fairfield Middle School’s assistant principal, a role he is currently serving within the school district.
Jones has volunteered as a coach and board member of the youth football program for the past seven years. His wife, Angela, is also employed by the school district. They reside in Fairfield with their three children, Maddie, Faith, and Ian.