‘It’s special:’ South Pitt hires former CFL coach, Pirates alum Chris Jones
SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Boys are Back in Town is what should’ve been playing all over South Pittsburg Saturday — as the Pirates welcome back Pirate alum and brand new head football coach Chris Jones.
“People get up in the morning, and the first thing they talk about is South Pittsburg football, and that’s what you want to be a part of,” Jones said.
Jones gives up a life of coaching in the CFL and NFL to come back to his home town and take over the reigns at his alma mater. His resume includes a 53-37 record while in Canada, including the 2015 Grey Cup with Edmonton.
“It’s 30 something years in the making. I’ve been a coach 31 years, and it’s something that, I came out of college at UTC. You know, I was raised right here right next to the school,” Jones said. “Having the opportunity to go full circle and come back home, football’s been good to me, and give back tot he kids that are here, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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From South Pittsburg. Coached pro ball. For Pirate fans, he is the absolute perfect man for the job, and you can feel the excited buzz all over town.
“You take someone that’s had that experience and success at the professional level, and again, to bring it back down here, is just very, very exciting,” said Jeremy Jackson, who does color commentary for the radio broadcast of Pirate football games.
“We’re excited because he’s from South Pittsburg. He knows the community. He’s got plenty of experience from all the other jobs he’s had to bring us to the next level and bring us to victory,” said former Pirate Travis Rowell.
Jones says he’s hitting the ground running with the first coaches meeting after Easter church service Sunday. Wednesday, he’ll meet the players — who can expect things to be run a little differently.