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Jones’ loyalty applauded
HVA grid skipper one of 9 coaches speaking at FBC

Wes Jones’ divided loyalties apparently did nothing to hurt his standing with Hardin Valley Academy football parents at a “Meet the Coaches” gathering at First Baptist Concord Tuesday, April 29.

The coach who will bring HVA Hawk football to life this fall said he still has a coaching obligation to Austin-East’s track and field program through the spring; that he’ll “remain loyal” to A-E through the TSSAA Class A/AA state tourney in late May.

Upon saying to the audience, “I hope you can respect that,” Jones received thunderous applause from scores of parents and future Hawk players in attendance.

Jones also received loud applause upon announcing he’ll be getting married this summer.

Jones, who said he’s leaning toward running a 43 defense and an offense “with multiple fronts” announced junior varsity and freshman football schedules (no varsity team in 2008-09) to include Fulton, Seymour and Christian Academy of Knoxville. “Our openers will be at home, I made sure to get that,” he added.

Jones encouraged an “open door” policy with HVA football parents but drew the line on discussing playing time, play-calling and criticism of assistant coaches. “I’ll take care of that,” he said.

Joe Catapano, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound rising freshman, was among dozens of HVA football player hopefuls on hand.

“He had a lot of energy and he really cared about his students and he wanted to see ’em graduate, see ’em through their high school careers,” the Farragut Middle School eighth-grader and CBFO defensive lineman said. “He seemed like a pretty nice guy, and he’s going to be a good coach.”

Teresa Loggis, future HVA football parent of rising freshman Joey Loggis, labeled Jones, “energetic, on the mark with what we need of a coach of that position. … He sounds really good, he sounds really tough. I think it’s really going to benefit our program.”

Jones was among nine coaches on hand Tuesday, all joining principal Sallee Reynolds and athletic director George Ashe plus other dignitaries and school officials in a joint ceremony in the FBC main sanctuary before splitting off into the specific sports.


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