By SAM McGAW
Independence announced Thursday it has hired Jarrett Jones as its new head boys basketball coach.
Jones, who spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach for the Independence girls basketball team, said he knew he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to return to the Thompson’s Station school.
“When I saw Coach (Greg Glass) was gone, I knew I had to throw my name in the hat,” Jones said. “I love that place. It’s just a great place to work and there’s a lot of talent here.”
Glass announced his resignation on May 1 to take a job as an assistant principal at Lebanon High School.
He led the Eagles to a 24-11 record with a Class AAA state semifinal appearance this past season. He went 102-52 in five seasons at the helm.
“There are a lot of hardworking boys here that had a taste of success,” Jones stated. “That’s what I wanted here. We can’t replace a talent like (Belmont signee) Grayson Murphy, but what we can replace is hard work. They went to the state tournament last year, so they know how much work it takes to get there.”
Jones was the head coach of Fairview’s boys basketball team over the past two seasons. He led the Yellowjackets to a 14-15 record this past season.
In 2011, he guided Liberty Tech Magnet to a 33-3 record with a Class AA state title.
He also had a coaching stint at Antioch.