If you are going to hire someone from a neighboring school to be your head coach, you might as get someone that has achieved a level of success along the way.
That is exactly what York Suburban was able to do when it landed former West York offensive coordinator Jeremy Jones to be its next head football coach.
Jones was unanimously approved to be the next Trojans coach at Monday night's York Suburban board meeting. He will replace Brian Freed, who stepped down after two 6-4 seasons.
With Jones' help, the Bulldogs have at least shared the last six YAIAA Division II titles, as well as the 2008 District 3 Class AAA championship.
"We are real excited to bring coach Jones on board and what we think he going to do for our program," York Suburban athletic director Chris Adams said. "Certainly being a part of the program that has been successful helps. We think he is going to bring some of the qualities he instilled there with coach (Ron) Miller."
Although he remains a health and physical education teacher at West York High School, Jones lives in the Suburban district and sees the Trojans job as the perfect one to be his first head coaching gig.
"It's exciting. The district has always had talent. I don't think Brian left because he disliked anything there," Jones said. "I basically did all the interviewing with Chris Adams and Brian Ellis, the principal. I felt very comfortable."
Jones is the second coordinator West York lost this offseason, after defensive assistant Karl Munscher stepped down. Jones is also the fifth and likely final new coach hired in the YAIAA since the season ended.
"I hate to lose him, he has been as much a part of our success than anybody," Miller said. "I think Jeremy will bring something to York Suburban and help them go where they need to go. He has a tireless work ethic and that alone is going to inspire those guys at Suburban. My biggest concern is how am I going to replace that work ethic."
It's a work ethic that came naturally, according to Jones, one attained by growing up on a farm.
"I am a worker. I still wake every morning at five, it drives my wife nuts," he said. "I believe in hard work and you get what you deserve. Hopefully, the work I put in is going to help me in this journey."
Adams worked at West York when Jones was hired to help coach wrestling there. That familiarity helped some, but Jones got the job during the process and Adams likes the opportunity for stability that Jones may bring.
"He interviewed really well. We started with four candidates and then two finalists," Adams said. "We were happy. All of us were sold on Jeremy's ability to lead our program.
"We wanted to bring in someone to not only lead the program, but have an interest in the program for years. It excites us to think he will be able to bring some of that (work) to York Suburban."
Jones, who graduated from Wyalusing College, said he hasn't met any of the people on Suburban's existing staff yet, but has scheduled meetings to do so. He looks to determine who will fill what role -- including himself -- after a short time.
One of his first things will likely be to establish the Trojans offseason workout plan, something he was instrumental with at West York.