Darlington, SC (WLTX) — In his more than 20 years as a high school coach, the majority have been as an assistant but John Jones is about to embark on his third stint as a head coach.
Jones was introduced Friday morning as the new head football coach at Darlington High School. Jones is a former head coach at North High School and in 2014, Jones was the head coach at Sumter High School.
The West Florence graduate came to Sumter in 2013 as offensive coordinator under Reggie Kennedy and was promoted when Kennedy left for Irmo. Jones led Sumter to a 7-5 season which included a first-round playoff loss to Summerville.
In taking over at Darlington, Jones says it’s all about coming home. His parents live in the Darlington area and he says returning to familiar territory played a role in his decision.
Even though he will be dropping from Class 4A to 3A, the competition will be stiff as Region 6-AAA has the likes of Hartsville and Marlboro County, not to mention Sumter county schools Lakewood and Crestwood.
Jones assumes the reigns of a Falcon program that was 5-5 in 2014. He replaces former coach Will Lampkin who went 17-24 the last four seasons before resigning.