The Center mourns the loss of a golf coach

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The Center mourns the loss of a golf coach

Posted at 2:37 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022

STAFF REPORTS

Center College men’s golf head coach David Jones died suddenly on September 6 at UK HealthCare in Lexington, the school confirmed on its Facebook page last week.

Jones, who had been the Centre’s golf coach since 2019, was 36.

During her time at the Center, Jones made an impact on students’ lives, whether it was coaching or something as simple as helping students with their laundry.

“My heart breaks tonight for our Athletic Department family, for the student-athletes who make up the men’s and women’s golf teams, and for everyone who has had the privilege of calling him a colleague, a coach and a friend. In the days, weeks, months and years to come, we will work to honor David’s legacy because he deserves to be celebrated,” the center’s athletic director, Brad Fields, said in the college statement.

Survivors include his wife Kotey and three children, Kinzley (6), Kevin (2) and Kyndall (3 months). The school created a GoFundMe account to support Jones’ family.

A graduate of Southwestern High School in Somerset, Jones played college golf at Western Kentucky University, where he graduated in 2011.

Jones began his second term at the Center in 2019. He was named interim coach in 2016 when he replaced former coach Bruce Brown. That year, the team finished fourth in the SAA Championship and won the Rhodes Spring Classic.

In the spring of 2016, Jones held the interim head coaching title following the departure of Bruce Brown. During this semester, the men’s golf team made it into the Top 25 and finished fourth in the SAA Championships. The men’s team brought home hardware this season with a victory at the Rhodes Spring Classic.

The following fall, he coached the women’s golf team.

Jones earned a four-year golf letter at Southwestern and was selected in all regions in his junior and senior year.

If you would like to make a donation to support the family, go to GoFundMe.com or the Center College Athletics Facebook page.

Visitation will begin at lunchtime on Tuesday at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Somerset. SServices will be at 4 p.m. and interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Somerset.

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