It is with a heavy heart that I write about my good friend Ron. I can honestly say that I would not have made it as far as I have in my career where it not for him. He took me like many others under his wings when I first found an interest in coaching football and as great mentors do he challenged me to be better and allowed me to have opportunities for growth.
I not only saw Ron as a friend but a father figure as well. We spent countless days and evenings talking about all different types of things. Yet not matter what we talked about his message was always the same he did things to help others. To this day I do not know a kinder more self-giving soul than Ron Jenkins. He often did things just to do them for someone else never wanting anything in return. His biggest fulfillment was seeing others prosper.
Ron, I couldn’t ever possibly pay you back for what you have done for me. You gave me a career and more importantly your friendship. I often times think of what you taught me when I am coaching. Thank you for everything that you have done and I will do my best to continue your legacy and pay it forward.
Ron reached out to me when I was a doctoral student in sport psych at USC about applying sport psych principles for quarterbacks. I loved our collaboration. He included a few of my essays into his own writing, and set me up with Coaches Choice publishing for my very first mental toughness book, on football of course! I will dedicate the 2nd edition to Ron. He even set me up with some distance consulting with some of his star QB’s as part of Top Gun. I saw first hand on a couple of visits his one on one ability to relate and teach, and his astute way of communicating with his players about more than just the X’s & O’s. He taught leadership, emotional intelligence, character and about being a better person. All sports need many more mentors like Ron. I am saddened that so many other young, aspiring QB’s and receivers will not be blessed to have Ron on their “performance” team. His passion for teaching was infectious and he made those around him better.
I feel blessed to have learned from Ron and wish Top Gun all the best as they continue to educate young people about playing the position better but more importantly, be better leaders and better people. Thanks for all you did for me Ron
I had the honor work with Ron for 25 years at Bishop Montgomery. He started at BMHS just a few years before I did, and it was an honor to work with him. We shared many great times and many great conversations. Ron and I would always talk about some of the similarities and differences in throwing mechanics for baseball and football and we always learned something from each other. Every conversation I ever had with Ron was educational!
Ron also taught all three of my kids at BMHS. They absolutely loved him. I know that they took more out of his classes than just the subject material being taught. They learned valuable life lessons that I know they will never forget. I know this because they tell recall stories and conversations from their classes with Ron all the time. He had such a positive impact on them in so many ways. I know that he had the same impact on thousands of other students he taught at BMHS.
I also cannot express how much I appreciate Ron for all his guidance for my middle son, who just completed his senior year at BMHS. He was the quarterback this year and Ron worked extensively with him in the off-season to get him ready. My son loved, loved, loved working out with Ron on those warm Sundays on the field. My son loved and respected Ron as a coach, a teacher, and a friend. After every workout, my son would come home and write down everything Ron told him that day so that he could call upon that knowledge whenever he needed. My son respected him because he never hesitated to give him criticism and he never hesitated to give him praise. If my son’s mechanics were off on a throw, my son would say that Coach Jenkins would say, “that sucked, do it again.” But he wouldn’t just say that. He would tell him and show him what he did incorrectly. He would teach!!! Ron was also very quick to praise. Ron had a special way of working with kids on the field and in the classroom.
I will always cherish my friendship with Ron. He was a special person in my life and he was a special person in my kids’ lives. I think of him often. I miss him. I will NEVER forget him.