Jones to lead BPC Men’s Basketball Program
By Kelley M. Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton-Parker College Athletic Department is proud to announce the addition of a new member to its coaching staff. John Jones, former head coach at NCAA Division 2 Nyack College, joined BPC June 30 to lead the BPC Men’s Basketball Program.
Jones takes the position left by former coach Steve Barker. Barker led the men’s program for 18 years.
“We want to honor the efforts of the coaches and players who have given so much to bring Brewton-Parker Basketball to where it is today, by working to take the program to the next level. For us that means pursuing conference championships and becoming a consistent presence on the national scene,” said Jones.
“Our efforts will be fully invested in recruiting talented student-athletes who will be committed to representing BPC with excellence both on and off the court,” added Jones.
Combined with his experience at Nyack College, a Christian liberal arts college in New York, Jones has coached at higher education institutions for 15 years. Including in this is four years as NCAA Division 1 assistant at Liberty University (Va.) and Winthrop University (S.C.). He hopes to boost BPC’s basketball program on the surrounding community’s radar when asked to list his expectations for his first year at BPC.
“My focus will be on the process of instilling a culture of excellence into our players and staff,” said Jones. “We will work extremely hard to create a genuine excitement about Baron Basketball in the Mount Vernon and Vidalia community. I am new to the community and am looking forward to representing Brewton-Parker College athletics in the community.”
“We are excited to have Coach Jones as a part of the BPC family,” said Sheila Simmons, BPC athletic director. “He brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience to our men’s basketball program. He has had a great deal of success and he is a proven quality coach and Christian example for the young men in his program.”
Jones plans to “sign one or two more impact players” for the 2008 season but believes his team is shaping up well.
“We are very excited about the addition of Jared ‘Big Country’ Collins. He is a tremendous talent with strong local roots,” said Jones. “I’m looking forward to working with him and the other (players) this fall.”
The first day of official practice is Monday, Sept. 22.
Jones holds a B.S. and M.A. degree from Liberty University. He is married to the former Lorna Torres of San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Southern Baptist by tradition, he and his wife plan to visit the local churches looking for a new church home.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. To learn more about the BPC Men’s Basketball Program, contact Jones at 912-583-3178.