PCA names Jones as head football coachPublished 11:55am Thursday, December 26, 2013
Christmas came a little early for Chris Jones and his family this year. On Dec. 13, Jones was selected as Prattville Christian Academy’s new head football coach.
Serving as the defensive coordinator at Arab High School last season, Jones said he is excited to lead the Panthers into offseason conditioning and the 2014 season.
“This was something that we had prayed about for some time,” Jones said. “As far as coaching and mentoring, we felt like this is where God led us to.”
Originally from north Alabama, Jones steps into his fourth program as head coach, formerly at the helm of Douglas and Hazel Green High Schools. He also served as head football coach and athletic director at Riverside Christian Academy in Fayetteville, Tenn.
With the Panthers coming off a 3-7 season in its second season competing on the Alabama High School Athletic Association level, Jones said his first season’s goals aren’t quantitative.
“Of course, we want to go out and be competitive,” he said, “but one thing I will look for is at the end of the season, have the guys improved. And that’s in various ways: are they better leaders, are they better people than when we started? When parents sign their kids over to you, I think that’s our responsibility, to give them back better than you find them. You’re looking for improvement in leadership. Are they more committed? Are we playing football at a high level. Hopefully, we taking them to their max potential. What I always believed is if you do things right, and hold kids accountable, the wins will come.”
While his expectations for his first season won’t be measured in wins, Jones believes it’s important for him and his staff to challenge the team.
“I think kids like challenges, so we’ll set them and they go after it,” Jones said. “I believe in that have to set them high. I think they need to someone to set them those goals. They need someone to believe in them.”
During the interview process, Jones met PCA’s football senior class, an occurrence–and selling point–he had never seen before.
“I thought that was really neat, I had never seen before,” Jones said. “To me that’s what won me over, the kids. They’re driven and want to do well. They want leadership. I’ve watched a good bit of games, they play hard. I noticed that really quick and it’s exciting to see that. Meeting them was a big turning point for us. I told my wife this is the place we want to be.”