Jones out as Paul W. Bryant football coach
Wed. February 05, 2014 at 1:20 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Errol Jones, who directed the Paul W. Bryant High School football program for two seasons, did not have his contract renewed.
"I wish my time at Bryant had been more pleasant from a winning standpoint, but I don’t have any regrets," Jones said. "One thing I can say is, I gave it my best. The powers that be decided that they wanted to go in a different direction. Hopefully, that will lead to a bigger and better tomorrow."
Jones was hired just a few weeks before the 2012 season started. The Stampede, competing in Class 5A, posted an official record of 2-8, including wins by forfeit against Central and Northridge. Paul W. Bryant went 0-10 in 2013. The school moves up to Class 6A next season.
"I can definitely say the kids that I coached never gave up," he said. "They continued to work hard, and we were getting better every week in some form or fashion."
Jones, 46, said he plans to finish out his contract as a math teacher. He will represent the school as the 2013 head football coach during National Signing Day activities. As many as seven players are expected to sign today. Defensive back Patrick Porter has committed to Washington State.
"I don’t have any hard feelings or anything toward the school," Jones said. "I appreciate the opportunity they gave me in letting me lead these young men and student-athletes the past two seasons. I look forward to new endeavors in the future."
Jones, a Tuscaloosa County High School graduate, played college football at Alabama A&M. His high school coaching stops include Eufaula, Daleville and Russellville. Jones was an assistant on Perry Swindall’s staff at Daleville and at Russellville. Jones served as the offensive coordinator at Russellville and helped coached teams that made the Class 5A finals in 2002-2004.
Jones, who spent time as a college coach at Alabama, was the head basketball coach at Deshler before coming to Paul W. Bryant.
Tamela Terry, Paul W. Bryant’s director of athletics, said the interview process has not started yet, but she hopes to have a new coach in place by the end of the month.
"Right now we’re looking at some candidates that have some college experience, playing and/or coaching, and who have been coaching in a successful 6A program," she said. "We have wonderful facilities here. We have some wonderful kids that need an opportunity to be successful.
"It’s going to have to be somebody who’s willing to stay and build and who’s hungry and wants to see the growth of the children as athletes and students. It’s going to have to be someone who wants to work and work hard, because that’s what it takes to win."
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