With little hesitation, Jones took some time out of his busy preseason schedule of molding the Bulldogs into a force in sub-region 4A-AAAA and against all on their 2013 schedule to speak with this writer about putting back on the most important headset on Friday night.
How excited are you to be a head coach again?
It’s very exciting. It’s a chance to get back at it. The last time I was a head coach I learned a lot. [Jones coached at Riverdale in 2006]. It was a valuable experience being over at Lovejoy with coach Al Hughes. I’m excited about being back in charge of a program with a little more and better ammunition.
What did you inherit from Hughes?
Attention to detail. I’m extremely organized. My organizational skills and techniques —I’m not bragging — but they are just wonderful. Working under coach Hughes is priceless and he is a true legend. He never lets anything become a mountain. It stays a molehill.
What is the identity of a team coached by you?
I want a tough, hardnosed with great work ethic football team. You don’t find athletes in every program. Maybe an athlete or two, some more than others, but it is the mental toughness, work ethic and intensity that changes from program to program. My goal is for us to be extremely tough.
Work with vigorous intensity and be relentless.
I want us to be like a machine. I really believe when you work with kids who are student-athletes that every kid has a button — a level to which they think they are great or a good player. It’s my job to try to get the most out of them whatever that might be. You can’t get a kid who runs a 5-second 40 to run a 4.3 second 40, but you can get that kid to work as if he is just as fast.
What reaction did you receive after getting the job?
So many people were happy about me getting the job but then the next thing out of their mouth was where is Dutchtown? So we want to be on the map as a good football team.