Tacoma native and former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna has a new job.
The 14-year NFL veteran was named coach of Brophy College Preparatory, a Jesuit high school in Phoenix, the school announced Thursday. Kitna will also teach math and P.E.
Kitna started his coaching career at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School, his alma mater, then moved to Texas where he coached at Waxahachie High near Dallas.
“I'm excited,” Kitna told the Arizona Republic. “This year, God was doing something. The thing that excites me about Brophy, there are so many coaches there who have been doing it a long time. I want to be at a place 15 to 20 years.”
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Kitna took over as Lincoln’s coach after retiring from the Dallas Cowboys. In three seasons with the Abes, he was 25-7 and led them to two 3A Narrows League titles and a state tournament appearance. He took the job in Texas in 2015 where he turned around a struggling program. He was 20-13 at Waxahachie High.
Brophy, a school that has produced four NFL players, will be hoping for a similar turnaround. The Brophy Broncos were 1-9 last season. Kitna replaces Scooter Molander, who resigned in November after 13 years.
“After an extensive search process, I am excited to welcome Jon Kitna and his family to the Brophy College Preparatory community,” Principal Bob Ryan said in a statement released by the school.
“Throughout this process, we have sought not only a qualified and dynamic football coach but someone who shares our vision for the overall formation of our students. Jon Kitna shares this vision and I look forward to the impact he will have as a faculty member and as our head coach, positively influencing the lives of his students and players. Lastly I would once again like to thank and congratulate Coach Scooter Molander for his 13 years of dedicated service to Brophy’s football program.”
Kitna played at Central Washington University where the Wildcats won a share of the 1995 NAIA Division II National Championship. In the process, Kitna caught the eye of then-Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson, whose nephew was a receiver at CWU.
Kitna led the Seahawks to the playoffs in 1999. He also played for Cincinnati, Detroit and Dallas. He was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013 while playing for the Bengals.
He briefly came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as a backup in a game for the Cowboys. He donated the $53,000 check for the game to Lincoln High.