Former 'Hoo Jones gets first head coaching job

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Perry Jones is setting a high bar when it comes to expectations for his first season as head football coach at Glen Allen High School.

"It may kind of sound far-fetched coming from this program. But in my mind, it's 15-0 or nothing," the former Virginia running back said. "And if you don't have that mindset, then you're probably in the wrong business."

Jones was introduced at Glen Allen on Tuesday. It's the first head coaching job for Jones, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Jaguars. Jones began his high school coaching career at Albemarle High School in 2013, and also spent time on the coaching staff at Charlottesville.

Jones was a two-time team captain at UVA, and finished his career with 2,033 rushing yards and 129 receptions. Jones says his approach as a head coach will be based largely on the man he played for for most of his UVA career, Mike London.

"One thing about Coach London that I first realized when he came in to UVA during my sophomore year, was that he rarely spoke about football. Because he knew that everything else was more important," Jones said. "Being a good teammate and being a good citizen. Going to class, showing class, treating people with dignity and respect. If you did those things, then football will take care of itself."

Jones is taking over a Glen Allen program that's coming off the best football season in the school's eight-year history. The Jaguars went 7-2 during the regular season, and won the program's first-ever playoff game.

Jones is confident he can help the Jaguars build on that success.

"Simply put, it's going to be smart, fast and physical," Jones said. "Keep things simple so we can focus on playing fast."



 
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