New Brockton head football coach Justin Jones is on the move.
The Gamecock head coach of the last five seasons was hired as the new head coach at Cordova after the Walker County School Board approved his hire Thursday.
He replaces Jimmy Gay, who stepped down at Cordova last month after six seasons, including a 13-1 season in 2015. The Blue Devils, a Class 4A program, were 1-9 last year.
“He is not officially resigned here, but he has given notification (of leaving),” New Brockton principal Alonzo Barkley said prior to the Walker County meeting.
Jones, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, coached the Gamecocks for five seasons, amassing a 34-22 record. All five of his teams reached the state playoffs.
The string of five straight playoffs is the most at New Brockton since a streak of six straight from 1985-90. His 2016 team won the school’s first state playoff game since 1995.
The Coffee County School Board does not have a planned meeting until Feb. 7, though a specially-called meeting could come before then. New Brockton, according to Barkley, can’t start its search officially until a resignation is accepted first by the board.
“More or less (we are in a waiting mode),” Barkley said. “Obviously, once his resignation is official, we will open it up to applicants who apply.”
Jones’ most successful season at New Brockton came in 2015 when the Gamecocks were 9-2. His last team this past fall finished 6-5 and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Leroy, 42-14.
Jones was also the head coach at Florala in 2011-12, going 8-12, including a 6-4 record in his final year there.
In between the two head jobs he was an assistant coach at Enterprise, his alma mater. The 2000 Enterprise graduate was also an assistant football and basketball coach at New Brockton from 2003-05 and a strength and conditioning coach at Enterprise from 2005-11 before leaving for Florala.
“He has a passion for coaching, has good character and has been a good mentor for the kids,” Barkley said of Jones. “He was completely invested in New Brockton football and had a good staff of men working alongside him. He consistently helped the team be the best they could be.”
Barkley indicated he was confident New Brockton would receive some quality candidates to replace Jones.
“I feel it is a good program and will be a good opportunity for the next coach,” Barkley said.