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St. Augustine head coach Al Jones tells his players to go for one point after a touchdown against John Curtis at Tad Gormley Stadium on October 15, 2016 in New Orleans, LA.

Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW

After three seasons serving as head football coach at St. Augustine, Al Jones is retiring from coaching. 

“When I accepted the head coaching position, I committed to an initial three-year agreement," Jones said in a statement. "I believe that the time is now right for me to retire and spend more time with my family.

"The relationships that I built at St. Augustine are special to me, and I thank the players, parents, and all of the other coaches for an amazing three years. We built a football program at St. Augustine that instills a sense of pride, tradition, and discipline, and I look forward to watching the Purple Knights continue to succeed."

Jones plans to remain at the school in an administrative role, where he will serve as counselor for eighth-graders.

He was named the school's head coach in 2015, replacing  Cyril Crutchfield, who also coached three seasons at the school.

Jones  went 16-18 overall and 11-7 in Catholic League play in his three seasons.

The Purple Knights finished 7-4 this past season, including  4-2 (tied for second place) in the Catholic League. They reached the second round of the Division I playoffs where they lost to eventual state champion Catholic High 7-3.

“Coach Jones joined the St. Augustine football program when we needed him most," said St. Aug principal Sean J. Goodwin. "I appreciate what coach Jones has done for the St. Augustine football program in terms of excellence on the field and sportsmanship. I’m also appreciative of the way he has developed our young men by preparing them for opportunities beyond high school.”

Jones, a former defensive end at St. Aug who went on to play at Tulane, was in his second coaching stint at the school after serving as the Purple Knights' defensive coordinator from 1981-86. He also was an assistant principal at the school before taking over as head coach.

 “St. Augustine owes him a debt of gratitude for taking on the challenge of building a successful football program," said athletic director Barret Rey. "We are confident that he will remain an integral part of the St. Augustine community.”

St. Aug officials will post the position for Jones' replacement on the school's website in January. 

Al Jones record vs. key opponents

Jesuit 4-0 (includes a playoff game)

Brother Martin 3-0

Rummel 2-1

Shaw 2-1

McDonogh (35) 1-2

Holy Cross 1-3 (includes a playoff game)

John Curtis 0-3

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