Jon Kitna has played in the NFL for years, from starter to back-up, and from Seattle to Dallas and others in between. After graduating from Central Washington University, he spent fifteen years in the NFL but his latest job may make the biggest difference in the lives of many.
Jon Kitna is the new head football coach at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, WA. Not only will he be coaching, he will also teaching Algebra classes.
He applied for this job sixteen years ago before he went off to the NFL. I will be the first one to say I applaud his choice to come back to a school he attended. Lincoln High School finished 4-5 overall last season under Coach Mike Merrill, 3-2 in Narrows 3A League and reached the postseason for the first time since 2006. Jon Kitna has been known as a class act by his former teammates throughout the NFL and his college years.
“My wife and I always felt like these years in the NFL have prepared us for what our real calling in life is going to be as teachers and running a high school football program,” Kitna said. “I don’t think there’s anything that has changed from that. God has used my time in the NFL to train me to be ready to train young men to be authentic, real leaders, and to have a positive impact on society. And I want to use the avenue of football to do that. So I am very clear, and my wife is very clear in our calling.”
Welcome back, Mr. Kitna and family, to the Pacific Northwest.