Prattville Christian’s new head football coach is highly thought of by his former boss and his congregation.
Chris Jones, the defensive coordinator at Arab High for two seasons and the minister at Eva Church of Christ for the last year, will take over the Panthers.
PCA announced the 41-year-old’s hiring Wednesday.
“I have been absolutely thrilled to say that he’s worked beside me,” said Arab head coach Watt Parker, who is leaving for the new Helena High. “I knew, without a doubt, that he’s a head coach and a quality head coach.
“He’s been a blessing to our program.”
Jones has been immensely popular at the Eva Church of Christ, a church elder said.
The church, after its previous minister left, advertised the position on a blog and, “the next thing we knew, Chris was calling us,” elder Donald Armstrong said.
Armstrong said Jones is a “great” minister who has helped the church grow.
“I don’t how how good he is in football, but he has to be good because young people really like him,” Armstrong said. “He connects with them really well.”
Jones, who played linebacker at UAB, was a head coach at three schools from 2004-08.
Jones was a combined 14-36 at Douglas, Hazel Green and Riverside Christian of Fayetteville, Tenn. He started Riverside’s program.
He was also an assistant at Bob Jones before going to Arab.
“There are a lot of similarities between a leadership role in church and on a team,” Jones said. “You motivate people and you encourage people. A lot of the precepts carry over to both.”
PCA will unveil Jones at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s lunchroom. He’ll be the school’s fourth coach in four years.