Bert Jones enters his third season as the St. Francis Head Golf Coach. He has been named the Delta League Coach of the Year in each of his first two seasons after leading the Troubadours to team titles.
The 2017 team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters, finishing fourth overall. Jones tutored the team to an undefeated season during Delta League play and four Troubies earned All-Delta League honors. The Troubadours named to the team included junior Patricia Sweeney, who was the second-ranked player in the league, Saca (No. 6), junior Olivia Alcoran (No. 7) and senior Lauren Allen (No. 10).
Jones led the team to seventh-place finish at the 2016 NCGA/CIF NorCal Championships, the first NorCal appearance for the program since 2013. The Troubies qualified for the CIF NorCal Regional Championships with a third-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament and won the Delta League title after going undefeated in league play and winning two of the three center matches in Jones’ first season. Three players earned all-league honors.
Jones is certified as a United States Golf Teachers Federation Master Golf Teaching Professional, certifying new teaching professional five times a year. He holds certifications from the World Golf Coaches Alliance, SeeMore Putter Institute, Vector Green Reading, First Tee of Greater Sacramento, International Golf Psychology Association in “Mastering Golf Psychology”, Titleist Performance Institute, Eyeline Putting, California Interscholastic Federation, and Mizuno Club Fitting.
He was recently selected one of the Top 100 Instructors for 2019-20 by the World Teachers Golf Federation.
Bert has played golf for 50+ years and has taught for 20+ and currently teaches multiple golf clinics, group and private lessons at Darkhorse Golf Course in Auburn. He has also taught at Diamond Oaks and Woodcreek Golf Courses in Roseville. Jones embarks on his coaching career after 35 years in the pharmaceutical sector working for Burroughs Wellcome Company and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) out of North Carolina. He earned numerous appointments and board positions during his distinguished career, including serving as the chair of the California Medical Association Foundation Corporate Advisory Board and the Texas Healthcare Council.
Bert’s coaching philosophy; The team will be guided by the phrase, “Integrity in the Moment” to govern performance. We will seek to align the mind, body and spirit; the mind (mastery of the rules, golf course management & personal control), the body (golf swing biomechanics, flexibility, endurance, spatial awareness, and strength), and spirit (creation of a peace-like state to keep players in the moment). We will strive to create private personal victories as a basis for public team celebration. S.M.A.R.T. personal and team goals will put “First things First” by focusing on the urgent and important.
Jones graduated from Texas A&M in 1975 where he was a member of the golf team for one season. He also played for the United States Marine Corps Golf Team during his five-year service career. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Loomis.