Burleson High School Hires Former Cowboys Coach John Kitna as Head Coach

New Burleson High School Head Football Coach Jon Kitna, right, talks to parents at a meet and greet held Monday night after Kitna was approved by the BISD board of trustees. BISD

Kevin Ozee was hired on as Burleson ISD’s Director of Athletics in February. His first official day was March 2.

Just a week on the job and he’s already reeling in his first big fish.

And he’s a former NFL quarterback.

Burleson ISD approved the hiring of Jon Kitna as the next head football coach and athletic director at Burleson High School during Monday night’s school board meeting.

“Burleson High School was looking for a head coach and athletic coordinator to build not only a strong program, but also strong relationships among students and the community,” said BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. “I believe the committee got it right in selecting coach Kitna to lead the program.”

Kitna, who spent the last two seasons of his 14-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys (2009-2011), replaces Gary McElory.

McElroy went 44-42 and had four playoff appearances with the Elks before accepting the same position at Peaster in February.

“The football position being opened was attractive when I was looking at this job. I always keep a short list in my head and I knew Jon and what kind of person he is,” Ozee said. “We kept in touch and when I researched about this opening, Jon kept checking all the boxes. It’s a good match.”

Kitna, 47, spent the past season as the quarterbacks coach with the Cowboys. He wasn’t retained under new head coach Mike McCarthy, but was credited with helping Dak Prescott, who had a career year in passing yards (4,902) and passing touchdowns (30).

“Jon Kitna is an outstanding football coach and an even better person. He has proven to be a wonderful teacher of the game both at the high school and professional level,” Dallas Cowboys Football Club Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones said in a press release from BISD. “He has a unique gift of bringing out the best in all of the people he works with, and his love and enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of the game is a valued asset to any program at any level.

“As a football coach or a family man, he is the real deal and a champion.”

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SOURCE: The Star Telegram, Brian Gosset

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