Chance Jones has learned from some of the state’s best high school football coaches.
Starting next season, he will use those lessons and run his own program at Tattnall Square. Jones, a Westfield graduate and son of former Hornets head coach Ronnie Jones, was named Tattnall’s head coach Tuesday. Since 2009, Chance Jones has been an assistant at Prince Avenue Christian, working for current Stratford head coach Mark Farriba for four seasons and Jeff Herron for three seasons.
“It’s definitely exciting to have the keys, but I have to thank coach Mark Farriba and coach Jeff Herron and even coach Richard Bell, who was our defensive coordinator down here, for the opportunity to learn from them the last few years,” Chance Jones said. “It’s been ridiculous how blessed I have been to learn from those great guys and even my dad, as well.”
Ronnie Jones retired from his Westfield post after last season, and he’s looking forward to watching his son run his own program. He did say he’s glad the two won’t coach against each other.
“I don’t think I’d like that,” the elder Jones said. “It will just be fun to go watch him in action.”
Ronnie Jones said his son got an early start with the game, and he thinks that will help him succeed at Tattnall.
“Ever since he was little, he has loved football,” Ronnie Jones said. “When he was a little guy, I remember, he would sit down and watch film. He’s a student of the game, and he just loves football. He has worked hard to get to this point. He is so excited to have this first chance, and he has been wanting to do this. We’re just thankful that Tattnall has given him this opportunity.”
Chance Jones said he will continue to lean on his father for advice but did admit there is some added pressure with having the Jones last name.
“It’s good to have that resource, to be able to call whenever I have a question about something, but at the same time, that’s some big shoes to fill when people start to compare it like that,” he said with a laugh. “He’s a great man and a great person to have as a resource in the coaching field.”
Chance Jones replaces Clint Morgan, who coached the Trojans for three seasons and went 22-11 as the program made the transition from the GISA to the GHSA. Chance Jones is just Tattnall’s third head coach since 1982 as former head coach Barney Hester built a powerhouse in the GISA.
“I’m definitely excited about the job, and I definitely want to thank Tattnall for the opportunity,” Chance Jones said. “One of the main things was the great tradition Tattnall has as a football program and as an athletic program in general. It’s just great to get this opportunity.”