Jones named new boys' coach at Mt. Zion

By Doug Gorman

When Mt. Zion High School put the help wanted sign out to find a new boys' basketball coach, Christopher Jones was the perfect fit.

Jones spent three years as head coach at Westide-Macon, and also worked with the football and baseball team as an assistant.

He also comes from a coaching family. His father Thomas taught and coached in Alabama.

"I guess you can say, I was born to coach," he said. "God has blessed me to be in this line of work, and given me the chance to work with young people."

Jones takes over for long-time Mt. Zion coach Rick Moore. Moore began his tenure with the Bulldogs in 1990. One of his best seasons was in 2001 when the Bulldogs made it to the third round of the state tournament.

"I am excited about being here," Jones said. "This gives me a chance to get a fresh start, help and help build a program."

Jones said he looks forward to turning his full engery to coaching basketball.

"In the past, I have had to coach other sports," he said. "Now, I will have the chance to just to coach basketball."

Jones was a standout high school basketball player at Auburn High School in Alabama and then played college ball at Albany State.

As a high school player, his teams went 79-29.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Albany State, and has coached at the high school level for the last seven years.

According to Jones, the Mt. Zion basketball team will have a busy summer.

"We are going to play as much as possible," he said. That's the only way you can get better."

Mt. Zion's new coach promises the Bulldogs will play hard every time they take the floor.

"We will play a physical brand of basketball, and will play hard every night," he said. "Of course, it all starts will defense. Defense wins championships."