GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Kimberly's Steve Jones has been named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association/GreenBay Packers Coach of the Year for a third straight year.
Jones’ seventh season as coach of Kimberly ended with a fifth straight state championship as the Papermakers completed a 14-0 season with a 27-7 victory over Sun Prairie to win the Division 1 state title.
“I thought that the Sun Prairie game was a microcosm of how our season went,” Jones said. “We fell behind early, but our kids continued to be resilient and fought really hard, especially in the second half. Our assistant coaches
did a great job of making halftime adjustments, and our kids did an unbelievable job of applying that coaching to the field.”
With another perfect season, Kimberly continues to hold nation’s longest active winning streak at 70 straight victories.
“I think it’s a credit to the culture that has been created in our program,” Jones said. “To win 70 games in a row, it’s not just one good team. It’s a culture that’s been established through the leadership ofour players and our entire coaching staff. I think the past state championship teams have set the standard on how we do things in our program.
"Our kids are extremely hard workers, they’re committed, and they’re great leaders on and off the field. This year we had a lot of close ball games where we were behind or had to score in the last minute of the game to win, and I think that this group’s journey was special in that they had to fight and claw through a very tough schedule and had to continue to embrace the large target on their back.
“To me, this is a coaching staff award. Nobody does it by themselves. I’m surrounded by great coaches and obviously great kids. We have a lot of kids that if you would have saw them as freshmen or sophomores, you would have never guessed how they turned out as seniors. As freshmen they were 3-5, and they continued to focus on the process, and to see them grow and change has been a really fun part of the season for me as a coach.”