Wes Suan has spent the last nine years coaching for June Jones.
Suan will always remember joining Coach Jones recently on a trip to American Samoa where five members of the SMU coaching staff joined with the Hawaii coaching staff to put on the first annual June Jones Samoa Football Academy.
"It was such a great trip," Suan said in a recent interview. "It gave us a chance to share a wealth of knowledge with a talented athletic culture."
Suan called the trip a great cultural experience for himself and the rest of the SMU coaching staff.
"It gave me a great feeling of accomplishment," Suan said. "We tend to take some things for granted. Those players came together, six rivals schools for one cause that was to learn the game of football from us."
Suan continued to learn more about the culture he has a lot of admiration for.
"It was a very inspirational experience," Suan said. "They have so much discipline in their culture and so much respect for each other."
Suan was impressed with the Samoa player's willingness to learn. He was also impressed with the treatment and hospitality that they received on the trip.
"The players and coaches were all sponges for information and techniques to make them better athletes," Suan said. "We were treated like celebrities; they truly rolled out the red carpet for us."
According to Suan, Coach Jones is so well respected by the entire Polynesian culture.
"There is a strong belief in what Coach Jones stands for," Suan said. "His integrity and his hard work have earned him the respect of everyone on the Islands."
Over 500 athletes took part of the academy and coaching clinic.