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Coaching isn't for everyone, but for Stephenville native and longtime coach Don Jones, it's impacted his entire life.

Born in 1941 at a doctor's office located on the Stephenville square, Jones says there's only two types of coaches.

"There are those that are fired, and then those who are going to be fired," he joked.

Throughout his career Jones has coached and taught at several schools in Texas including East Central San Antonio, Atkins Junior High in Lubbock, Eastland, Taylor, Muenster, Chico, Hubbard, Lubbock Monterrey and Boerne.

For the last two seasons, he's volunteered coaching at Henderson Junior High.

"When you coach you have an effect on the kids, and there's nothing like the high you get when you see your kids succeed," Jones said. "It's wonderful. Teaching is the same way. I love being around the kids and helping them achieve what they want to achieve."

When it comes to coaching Jones has always put kids first, win or lose.

"On a Friday or Thursday night when the kids play, if they win there's nothing like it," he said. "But when they lose, the heartache they feel is immense. Going into a locker room after a big loss is so hard but you have to tell them to keep their heads up and get ready for the next opponent."

Aside from coaching, Jones and his wife are known for always being there to lend a helping hand.

"We try and help anyone we can," he said. "That's the way I was raised. My mom and dad would do anything for anyone, anytime. No matter when someone calls, I'll be there."

Something else close to Jones' heart is Tarleton State University, where he went to school before transferring to Texas Tech in 1962.

"I transferred because Tarleton was a two-year college when I attended," he said. "Tarleton runs in my family though. Both my sons graduated from Tarleton and some of their kids plan on attending as well. It's an understatement to say that we bleed purple."