Football: Dunbar hires Jerron Joe as coach

Jerron Joe, an assistant football coach and teacher at Dunbar, was named Monday the football coach at the Northwest Washington school, the city’s most successful football team over the past two decades.

Joe, 25, is the school’s youngest football coach, according to Dunbar Athletic Director Johnnie Walker, and among the youngest football coaches in the area.

The 2004 Dunbar graduate was a defensive back, punt and kick returner for the Crimson Tide and played on two D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship teams (2003 and 2004). He played defensive back at North Carolina Central, and graduated from the school in 2009. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ballou before he joined Dunbar as a health and physical education teacher and assistant coach in 2011.

“I feel good about [taking over] because I went here and played here and it prepared me for the next level when I came out,” he said.

Joe takes over Dunbar at time of much change. The Crimson Tide claimed the DCIAA title (its ninth in the past 14 years) in November with a 33-21 win over Coolidge amid a tumultuous season. The team forfeited a game for its role in a fight that ended its season opener, its then-coach was fired for playing three ineligible players, including a top recruit who has since transferred to Friendship Collegiate.

In addition, two of Dunbar’s top players might have to attend a preparatory school next year because of grades. Following the season, the school’s football coaching staff was let go.

Joe said he intends to be a tough disciplinarian, implementing a signed contract with players to hold them accountable.

“I want to bring the program back to a positive light with all the things that been going on during the championship last year,” he said. “I feel good and I’m ready to bring this back among the top-notch programs around the DMV like it was on and off the field.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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