Meet the U.S. National Team Head Coaches for Frisco, Texas’ Middle School Bowl Game Series

By Zach Sterrett | Posted 7/10/2019

Six college coaches will lead the six U.S. National Teams competing this Monday in Frisco, Texas for the second annual Middle School Bowl Game Series. The event unites top athletes who participated in U.S. National Team Regionals earlier this spring, selected by Regionals’ coaching staffs. All three games will be played at the Ford Center at The Star, the official practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys.

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2019 Texas Middle School Bowl Game Series Schedule (all times CST):

The Ford Center at The Star – Frisco, Texas




Mon., July 15 

9:00 a.m.

 Valor (Navy) vs. Courage (Red)

Mon., July 15    

12:00 p.m

 Freedom (Navy) vs. Honor (Red)

Mon., July 15     

3:00 p.m

 Stars (White) vs. Stripes (Black)

Jon Medlo (Concordia University, St. Paul): Valor 

Jon Medlo has served as a run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.) since 2016. Medlo joined the Golden Bears’ staff after spending the previous three seasons as the offensive line coach at Hamline University (Minn.). Medlo began his coaching career at St. Agnes High School in St. Paul (Minn.) as a defensive coordinator before being promoted to head football coach and dean of students.

James Jones III (Cal Poly): Courage

James Jones III enters his second season as the defensive line coach for California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Jones joined the Mustangs’ coaching staff after serving as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado for two years. Jones brings more than two decades of collegiate coaching experience to the U.S. National Team programs, making coaching stints at San Jose State (Calif.), Dartmouth (N.H.) and Kansas State, among others.

Jim Craft (Cal Poly): Freedom 

Jim Craft serves as Cal Poly’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In 2013, Craft was added to Cal Poly’s coaching staff as a wide receivers coach before being promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015 and to his current role in 2017. Craft came to Cal Poly after for three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Pacific University (Ore.). Prior to his coaching stint at Pacific, Craft coached for nine years at his alma mater, Portland State (Ore.).

Kresean Reed (Midwestern State University): Honor

Kresean Reed has served as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach at Midwestern State University (Texas) since 2018. Prior to joining the Mustangs’ staff, Reed was the co-defensive coordinator at Phoenix College (Ariz.). Before becoming a football coach, Reed played defensive back at Adams State University (Colo.) from 2013 to 2015.

Trent Earley (University of South Florida): Stars 

Trent Earley is a defensive analyst for the University of South Florida. Earley was elevated to this position after joining the program as a graduate assistant in 2017 where he worked with the defensive line. Prior to joining the Bulls’ coaching staff, Earley served as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas for three years. After finishing his playing career, Earley started coaching at his alma mater, Southern Arkansas University, as a defensive graduate assistant, working with defensive line and linebackers.

Gary McGraw (Sam Houston State): Stripes 

Gary McGraw joined Sam Houston State University (Texas) as the cornerbacks coach before the 2016 season. In addition to coaching the cornerbacks, McGraw serves as the Bearkats’ special teams coordinator and defensive recruiting coordinator. Before joining the Bearkats’ coaching staff, McGraw spent five seasons coaching defensive backs at Midwestern State University (Texas). After finishing an accomplished playing career as a safety at the University of Oregon, McGraw began his coaching career at Marist High School (Ore.) in 2002. From there, McGraw made stops at Ferris State University (Mich.) and Quincy University (Ill.).