A change at the top of St. Augustine’s football program was made official Tuesday morning.
Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, the CEO of St. Augustine, announced via a press release that the school has decided to move on from head football coach Nathaniel Jones.
Assistant coach Kenneth Dorsey Jr. will serve as the interim head coach.
“Following a review of our football program, we have decided to go in a new direction,” St. Charles said via the press release. “We thank Coach Jones for his contributions and service to St. Augustine and our football team. We are confident that Coach Dorsey and the remaining coaches on staff are committed to serving the scholar-athletes in our football program through this period of transition.”
The move comes following a controversial pre-game chant this past Friday prior to the Brother Martin game. Video surfaced of the profane chant over the weekend and St. Augustine released a statement on Sunday disavowing the language used.
The chant was led by an assistant coach and echoed by players, but Jones did not appear to be in the vicinity of the chant.
The Purple Knights went on to lose the matchup against the Crusaders, 27-7, which dropped their overall record to 3-2 and their Catholic League mark to 0-2 following a 3-0 start.
Jones replaced Al Jones as St. Augustine’s head coach in February of 2018 following the retirement of Al Jones in December of 2017. Nathaniel Jones served as defensive coordinator for the Purple Knights for two seasons before being named the head coach.
He also had stints at multiple colleges including the University of St. Francis in Illinois, the University of Texas at San Antonio (2011-13), Midwestern State University and Northwestern State. Jones’ other high school stops included Clark as well as his alma mater Karr, who he led to a Class 4A state championship runner-up finish in 2013.
He stepped down from the head of the Cougars’ program in February of 2015 to pursue college coaching aspirations. Jones finished with a 9-7 record during his season and a half stint at St. Augustine, which included a trip to the Division I quarterfinals in 2018.
The Purple Knights will now look to regroup under Dorsey Jr. this Saturday against Jesuit at Tad Gormley Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. as St. Augustine looks to pick up its first Catholic League win.
Dorsey Jr. is a native New Orleanian who attended John Curtis before later graduating from Homewood High School in Alabama. He played collegiate football on a full athletic scholarship at the the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2007.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to be a mentor to our team in this new role,” Dorsey Jr. said. “I have confidence that I will validate the trust that Dr. St. Charles and Principal DeBose have placed in me. The staff and I will work to make our students, alumni and fans across the country proud of St. Augustine and Purple Knight football.”