In the Spring of 1999, Mark Juhl informed St. Joseph Christian board members that he would be starting a football program at St. Joseph Christian School that summer. Coach Juhl had already won 4 state titles in five years as a head coach at Midway-Denton by the time he made the decision to bring football to SJCS. In the first year of MSHSAA eligibility (2000), the fledgling program went 7-2 to finish second in the district standings. The following year, the Lions won the district title for the first time and finished one game short of a state championship appearance. Since 1999, St. Joseph Christian has won 9 district titles, appeared in 5 state championships and won 1 state championship. The program was 135-55 through 2016 with Coach Juhl having coached all but one season (2015).
In 2017, the second head coach in school history, Mark’s son Steve Juhl, coached his second year as the head coach of the Lions. Coach Troy Schenk is the third SJCS head football coach. His tenure began in 2018.
After 20 years of success as an 8-man program, SJCS has added some players to their offensive and defensive formations for 2019. Though the first 11-man football game in school history has already been played (Tarkio, 2009), 2019 will be the first full season of 11-man football for St. Joseph Christian School. The Lions have joined forces with Northland Christian School to usher in a new era of Christian football.