Centre College head men’s golf coach David Jones, 36, passes away

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The men’s golf team at Centre College is mourning the loss of its coach just days into the new season.

The school announced that 36-year-old head coach David Jones had passed away on Tuesday evening, just two days after the Colonels finished fourth at the Transylvania Fall Invitational to start the 2022-23 season.

“My heart breaks this evening for our athletics department family, for the student-athletes that make up the men’s and women’s golf teams, and for all the people that were privileged to call him a colleague, a coach, and a friend,” said Centre College Athletics Director Brad Fields via a statement. “In the coming days, weeks, months, and years, we will work to honor David’s legacy, because it’s worthy of celebration.”

He is survived by his wife, Kotey, and three children Kinzley (6), Kevin (2) and Kyndall (three months).

Jones, a 2011 graduate of Western Kentucky University, took over the men’s golf program at Centre in 2019, but was briefly the interim head coach in the spring of 2016 after the departure of Bruce Brown. That semester the team finished fourth at the SAA Championship and won the Rhodes Spring Classic.

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek