A veteran coach with more than 300 career victories has been chosen to take over the boys varsity basketball program at Polk County.
Lemont Jones has been approved by the Polk County Board of Education to take over the Wolverine program, becoming the eighth head coach in school history.
Jones moves to Polk County after a stint at R-S Central, where he worked for six years and served as an assistant football coach. In a career of more than 30 years he has also coached baseball, softball, track and weightlifting in addition to basketball and football.
“I’m very honored and humbled to have this position,” Jones said. “Having been at R-S Central the last six years, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Polk County and the athletics and academics.
“I’m pretty pleased to get the opportunity to be here.”
Jones coached for almost 30 years in Georgia and Florida, including a stint at Butler High School in Augusta, Ga., where he worked with Polk County head football coach Bruce Ollis. Jones will serve this season as a football assistant on Ollis’ staff.
His career basketball record is 318-189, and his teams made a combined 14 playoff appearances, twice reaching state semifinals. Jones also was chosen three times to coach in state all-star games.
“My philosophy is that we will play hard 84 feet for 32 minutes,” Jones said. “We’re going to press the basketball, both offensively and defensively.
“When you do that, you play a lot more players. When you play a lot more players, there’s a lot more team cohesion because everyone has a chance to play.”
Jones compiled his 300-plus wins at three schools – Clay High and Englewood High in Florida and Wayne County High in Georgia. He is a native of North Carolina and played college football, graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne before earning his master’s degree in education from Troy State.
He has also done work as a personal trainer and is a USA Weightlifting Level 1 – Sport Performance Coach
“We are thrilled that Coach Jones will be joining the Wolverine family of coaches,” said Polk County High principal Dr. Brandon Schweitzer. “We believe Coach Jones models the integrity of character and selflessness we have come to expect from all of our coaches and we look forward to seeing him build those same virtues in all of our athletes.”
“We are pleased that Lemont Jones will be joining our Wolverine family as Polk County High School’s next men’s varsity basketball coach,” said Polk County Schools superintendent Aaron Greene. “Mr. Jones brings a wealth of experience to our program and we look forward to having him work with our student-athletes.”