Who Was Willis L. Jones?
Willis Jones was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in February of 1905. As a student of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he began his career coaching football at Edgewood High School. He moved on later to coach at Beloit prior to coaching at Madison West High School, a career choice that would last him 35 years. Under his leadership, Madison West would eventually go on to win five conference championships over the course of his career. However, Jones was not confined to football; He was a man of versatility. During his career, he also led his teams to championships in basketball, track, volleyball, golf and even skiing.
In 1974, he was awarded to the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. He had been described as one of the most influential high school sports coaches in Wisconsin history.
Willis L. Jones' impact on the Madison community has transcended well beyond his years and continues to influence the community to this day. He taught thousands of young people how to set goals, work together, celebrate victories and accept defeat. Through coaching these teams, he prepared these young people to better understand the world around them and become leaders themselves.
The Jones Leadership Center is named in honor of Willis L. Jones and his influential work within the Madison community. Throughout his career, Mr. Jones has expressed authentic leadership and a capability to lead others through adversity.
Below is a small gallery of photos from Mr. Jones illustrious career. Through these photos, the Jones Leadership Center hopes to offer a glimpse into his life and the immense impact he had in the Madison community.
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