Freddie Jones is the new Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Shelton School. Shelton Executive Director Suzanne Stell announced the appointment at the school’s athletics banquet on May 10.
Jones first served Shelton from 2011 - 2015 as a member of the football coaching staff under former athletics director George Teague. Most recently he completed five months as interim director.
Jones enjoyed basketball and football in high school but chose a focus in football beginning in college at the University of North Carolina, where he received a scholarship, played under Coach Mack Brown and received a B.A. in Political Science. He was a first draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1997, and he played as a tight end starter with the team until 2001. During his stint in San Diego, Jones was a team captain and received Offensive Player of the Year in 2000. His nine-year career as tight end with the NFL later included the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers. He was voted Pro Bowl Alternate six times before retiring from professional football in 2005.
Related to other departmental changes, Aasha Marietta is Shelton’s new Assistant Director of Athletics effective June 1. A native Dallasite, Marietta attended The Hockaday School, where she participated in cross country and track. She later returned there to be an assistant coach of upper school cross country and track and field, and head coach of the middle school track and field team. A graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Marietta participated in cross country and track and field. She was a key contributor when SMU won the 2011 Conference USA Championships, as well as when they competed in the NCAA South Central Regionals. She joined Shelton two years ago as a math teacher and coach of cross country and track.
“We are excited about this leadership duo,” says Stell. “Freddie and Aasha, along with our other athletics staff and coaches, will help Shelton continue to live out the department’s tagline to believe, compete and finish strong.
Founded in 1976, Shelton is the largest school worldwide for intelligent students who just happen to have a learning difference, typically dyslexia or ADHD. Shelton, serving 935 students in grades EC – 12, is accredited through Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is a member of Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) District 4A.