By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Doug Jones, a young disciple from the Bobby Hall School of Football, has been selected to direct Corinth High School’s program.
Jones, 28, coached the last six seasons for Hall at Madison Central. He also played high school football for the veteran, four-time state championship-winning coach in Amory.
“One of the things I’ve learned from Coach Hall is that at the end of the day, it’s hard work that gets you where you need to be,” he said Tuesday.
Jones, who was Madison Central’s offensive coordinator last season, promised to bring Hall’s trademark option attack with him to Alcorn County.
“The triple option and mid-line option are returning to Northeast Mississippi,” he said, then smiled.
Jones replaces Jimmy Mitchell, who retired after 14 seasons with the Warriors.
“I want to continue to build on what has been a solid program,” Jones said. “Coach Mitchell has done a great job. I’m coming into a good situation.”
Chris Coleman, Corinth’s athletics director, said 71coaches inquired about the position and 23 were interviewed.
“We narrowed it down to seven and made our decision from there,” he said. “Our decision was Doug Jones. We’re happy to have him and his wife (Hallie).”
The search committee, Coleman says, was impressed with Jones’ enthusiasm.
“We know he’s a hard worker,” he said. “We think he will relate very well to our kids.”
Jones attended Itawamba Community College and has degrees from Mississippi State (B.S.) and Jackson State (M.S.).
He coached wide receivers and special teams on the varsity level during his tenure at Madison Central. He’s also served as a head coach for five of those seasons at the junior varsity and middle school levels.
He coached boys and girls track for Madison Central, winning two state titles and two North state titles.
“I’m not going to sit around and talk about winning championships,” he said. “We’re going to focus more on the process than the actual results.
“We’re going to focus on one thing at a time and try to get better every day as a football team and a football program.”
Corinth finished 6-6 last season, losing in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.