Wes Jones started the Hardin Valley Football program back in 2008 as the Hawks played a full junior varsity schedule.
Under Jones, the Hawks made seven Class 6A playoff appearances including the Quarterfinal back in 2016.
Now Jones has resigned as the only head football coach the Hawks have known and has accepted an assistant coaching job at Science Hill.
“My wife and I have five kids, a daughter that is a sophomore in college at East Tennessee State and four younger kids that are getting involved in sports and it is time for me to take a step back and watch my kids grow up and play ball,” Jones said.
“I’m very thankful to start such a great program like Hardin Valley and I am leaving it in great shape but it was very hard to tell the players and coaches I was stepping away.”
Jones doesn’t know what positions or which side of the ball he will coach at Science Hill but he doesn’t care what he does, he just wants to make the Hilltopper program better.
“Coach Carter hasn’t told me what side I’m going to coach but I told him it didn’t matter to me,” Jones said. “I am going up there to teach driver’s education and help the football program any way I can.”
The Hawks had a 56-54 record under Jones and made the playoffs seven times (2010-12, 2014-16 and 2018).
Hardin Valley is coming off a 6-5 season as they lost 35-28 to Ooltewah in the first round of the 6A playoffs.
The best season under Jones came in 2016 as the Hawks finished 9-4 and made their deepest run losing to Oakland in the Quarterfinals.
Before starting the Hardin Valley program, Jones was the head coach at Cocke County for six seasons (2000-05) and led the Fighting Cocks to three consecutive 4A playoff appearances (2000 to 2002).
There are currently eight programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolivar, Bolton, Cocke County, Hardin Valley, Haywood, Manassas, MLK Prep and Seqouyah
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