There was a new face this week around Banks County High School learning the layout of the campus and what he will be stepping into starting next month.

The new head coach for the Leopard football program, Philip Jones was on site getting the nickle tour of the facility this week. Jones will be starting at Banks County April 11.

Also on April 11, the All Sports Booster Club will be holding a Community Welcome Meet and Greet at 5:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria with light refreshments. Community members, football players and parents are encouraged to attend to welcome the new coach. The Booster Club’s monthly meeting will follow the meeting.

Monday, I sat down with the incoming coach to find out about what he thinks as he takes over as the Leopard’s head coach.

Q: What is a little of your background?

Jones: I was raised in a football family. My dad has been a coach for 42 years and my mom was the captain of the very first Falcons’ cheerleadering squad, and I was actually born on a Friday night in the fall. So I really had no other choice, I don’t think than to grow up in a football family.

With my dad being a coach, an assistant at Lithonia and then moved to Brookwood in 1988 - where he has been ever since. That is where I played and was fortunate enough to win a state championship when I was a senior.

I played for coach Lou Holtz at the University of South Carolina, then got into coaching when I got out. I have been at Brookwood, Walton High, Marietta and then at Ware County for the last two years. I also was at Presbyterian College for a semester before I got married.

Q: Banks County is your first head coach position, and what do you hope to accomplish?

Jones: Well the most important thing we want to accomplish to do is to build a program the right way. And that means treat the people here in the community; and the kids the right way while building their character and prepare them for the future as men. That is what I want to accomplish first and foremost.

Secondly, we want to win. We feel we are in a very competitive region and it’s a region we can be competitive in. We want to win and continue on Coach Armstrong’s success. He has done a good job the past four years and I give him a lot of credit on that, while coming in and picking up where he left off and continuing on to win a lot of ballgames.

The third thing is just to become a part of the community. My family and I are going to move here and put down some roots and hopefully be comfortable here for a while and make this home.

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