Principal and athletic director Chuck Gibson said the school has already started taking applications for the position and that he is confident the Greyhounds can attract quality candidates, thanks in large part to the success Jones had in building a strong base for the sport in his six years as coach.
“It’s not the same job it was when he came,” Gibson said. “He has raised expectations, made football important and given us respect.”
The Greyhounds had only two winning seasons in 16 years, including six straight losing seasons, before Jones arrived.
Jones was 31-30 in his six years in Gray, with only one losing season, his first. His 2012 team, which went 7-4, returned the Greyhounds to the state playoffs for the first time since 2004. Jones County was 5-5 last season.
Jones is only the second coach in Jones County history with a winning record at the school. The only other, Ken Smallwood, was 11-9 in two seasons (1965 and 1966). The late Charlie Smith was 23-15-1 in four seasons (1972-75) in his first stint coaching the Greyhounds, but he was 5-15 when he returned as coach in 1994-95 to wind up 28-30-1 overall at the school.
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