FAYETTEVILLE Greenwood's Rick Jones was named national football coach of the year by the National Federation of State High Schools Associations (NFHS) on Monday.
Jones led the Bulldogs to an undefeated 14-0 record in 2012, capped by a win over Pine Bluff in the Class 6A state championship game last month at War Memorial Stadium. Greenwood was competing in its first season as a Class 6A member after new classification assignments were implemented prior to the season.
In nine seasons, Jones has led Greenwood to six state championship wins, including three straight from 2005-07 and 2010-12. The Bulldogs have a 107-16 record under Jones, which is the best in the state over that time.
Greenwood finished the 2012 season on a 38-game win streak - tied for third all-time in Arkansas - and was ranked No. 2 in the state behind Class 7A champion Fayetteville in the final Associated Press poll.