Brady coach resigns post, to enter private business

Jay Jones, head football coach and athletic director at Brady High School for the past two years, has submitted his resignation, effective April 27. He and his wife, Nicole, will be returning to their hometown of Abilene to enter private business with Jones’ father, Dewitt Jones, a former Abilene Christian University football coach. Jones said it was a difficult decision to leave Brady, but it also was one that he felt he and wife, Nicole, a Brady teacher/coach who graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1998, simply could not pass up. “I will be vice president of West Mark Capital, a family-owned investment company that deals primarily with nursing home financial planning,” Jones said Tuesday (this morning). He said he and Nicole, who will be an accountant in the new firm, have “really enjoyed our stay in Brady. We have made so many new friendships that we will cherish throughout the years. It’s hard to leave because I have such a great job.” Jones, 31, praised the support of the school administration, the school board, the teaching staff and the community as a whole. “I especially thank my assistant coaches for their tremendous support and encouragement. And I want to say that the kids I’ve worked with here are wonderful. Success is on the way so don’t lose faith,” he added. Jones is a graduate of Abilene Wylie High School and Abilene Christian University, Class of 1994. He was a linebacker on the football team. His young coaching career covers six years. He was an assistant at Canyon Randle for two years, an assistant at Austin Crockett for two years, and was head coach in Brady for two years. His head coaching record is 8-13. It includes one playoff team in 1999. Jones said his father is a former football coach, who retired after winning the national championship at ACU in 1977. “I have truly enjoyed hiring and working with my coaching staff. It’s not often that one gets to see his best friends every day. I will truly miss my association with them, but I promise I will be here on Friday nights to watch the Bulldogs,” he said. Supt. Max Gordon was out of town Tuesday morning and unavailable for comment.

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