Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association’s Love of Football Legacy

Wade Jones and Kyle Hobbs with Larry, Curt, Scott and Todd Jones.

In 2016, the Jones brothers – Scott, Curt, Wade and Todd – along with Wade’s son Garrett agreed to form and coach a new team in the Varsity Football Division of the Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA) called the Wolfpack. Each of these coaches played football for and graduated from Stratford High School, forming a coaching legacy that spans three generations and stretches over 40 years.

It began with Larry Jones, who was a youth coach at all levels in the SBMSA for 18 years and coached each of his six sons. He stopped coaching when his youngest son, Todd, entered the seventh grade at Spring Forest Middle School. Larry coached the Bunker Hill Lions and the Varsity Tigers in the East Division, followed by the Thornwood Thunderbirds, Meadow Wood Eagles and Spring Forest Bobcats in the West Division. While Larry coached Todd on the Meadow Wood Eagles and Spring Forest Bobcats teams, sons Scott Jones and Kyle Hobbs began assisting him.

Having grown up with the love of football, Scott, Curt and Wade picked up the torch and coached three sons – Garrett, Graham and Tanner Jones – through the program. Because of their love of football and the many life lessons they felt could be learned from it, the “Jones boys” continued to coach even after their sons had moved on to play for Memorial Middle and Stratford High. They coached the Wildcats and the Wolfpack teams.

A heartwarming experience that each of the coaches  shared was having one of their former players approach them some years later and say, “Hello, Coach Jones, it’s Bill from the Eagles. I want you to know that I think of you and that team frequently, and I want to thank you for that experience.” Hearing reports from those past players about their memories and accomplishments is always a high point.

Each of the coaching efforts was accomplished with the help of a large group of dedicated assistant coaches. Many of these combined efforts of the teams were rewarded with multiple scholarships and Tully Bowl successes.

Having left the Houston area when he graduated from Stratford High School, Todd had many good memories of playing in the SBMSA and heard many stories about the teams his brothers were coaching. He longed to be a part of the legacy, and particularly to have his son, Hunter, coached by his brothers and him. In 2015, on returning to Houston from living in Chicago, Todd approached his brothers who recognized that it might be the end of this legacy as Hunter, who was the youngest in the extended family, would move out of the SBMSA program next season. They agreed to team up to seek permission to form and coach a new team – the Wolfpack.

Last year was a great challenge for the new team, partially because seven boys had never played tackle football before. The Wolfpack finished the regular season in a positive position, winning the first two playoff tests in very competitive games. They met the Razorbacks in the Tully Bowl just before Thanksgiving, where they lost in a close game 20-14. The entire season was a very successful effort and possibly a great close to this “Love of Football” legacy.

10 Things You Might Not Know About SBMSA

  1. Established in 1961 as a 501(c)(3) to provide youth sports programming to kids within the Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) community, today SBMSA is one of the most comprehensive multi-sport associations in the country.
  2. SBMSA is a six sport association: baseball, softball, flag and tackle football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse.
  3. SBMSA is completely voluntary and is led by six sports boards and one big board of directors.
  4. Programs are run on break even budgets. Fundraising and sponsorships cover scholarships and capital improvement needs.
  5. SBMSA offers full or partial scholarships for families in need, and 7.75 percent of total participants in 2016 received scholarships.
  6. Programming changes based on community feedback. SBMSA experimented with community tournament baseball in 2016 and merged SBMSA’s boys’ lacrosse and the Memorial Knights.
  7. Since 2008, $1,995,000 was spent on capital improvements for SBISD fields and facilities.
  8. Last season, by the numbers:
  9. There were 7,400 total registrants.
  10. There were 4,885 games played across all sports at SBISD fields.
  11. Over 1,800 community member volunteers touched the association, including 1,500 coaches.For more information, visit www.sbmsa.org.