By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
God works in mysterious ways.
No one knows it better than Lindsay Jones, who is the suddenly the new boys basketball at PikeView.
“I felt like it is God’s intervention in just how it all played out,” Jones said. “That is the only way I can explain it.”
Jones, who had spent four years at Mercer Christian and another five at Montcalm, had resigned his post as boys basketball coach with the Generals after moving to Speedway, which is about a 10-minute drive from PikeView.
Currently an assistant football coach at PikeView, Jones had accepted a position as assistant girls basketball coach with the Panthers since Jesse Lester had been the choice to replace William Anderson since he retired from coaching after last season.
The ultra-successful Lester recently decided to resign that position without coaching a game, and the interview process was opened back up.
“I applied the first time, but with credentials like Jesse, I didn’t stand a chance,” said Jones, with a laugh. “I applied for the girls assistant position and got that, and the Jesse had this situation and resigned and I applied for it and got it.”
He interviewed for the job on Monday, was approved by the school board on Tuesday and learned the good news on Wednesday.
“I have not met with anybody,” Jones said. “I got one coach’s phone number to today, but all that lies ahead and we are still in football season.
“We are trying to focus on that and keep the kids focused on the last two games.”
Jones professes to know little about the players that will take the court for him at PikeView, largely because of his involvement with the program at Montcalm.
“I don’t know a lot about the kids...,” Jones said. “The only reason I know some of the kids is because of football. I don’t know anything about them or their skill set so I have a little bit of a learning curve.”
Jones has coached at a pair of Class A programs in Mercer Christian and Montcalm, and knows the step up in competition will be difficult with such teams as Bluefield, Wyoming East and Oak Hill in the same region.
“There are going to be some challenges and that is going to be one of the biggest challenge there,” Jones said. “I don’t really know a lot about those ball clubs other than reputation.
“I am not very familiar with what they run, how they run, the personnel or their coaching style so I have my work cut out for me with game preparation.”
That doesn’t mean Jones doesn’t have big goals for the Panthers, who have had success in recent seasons, even reaching the state tournament two years for the first time in school history.
“I will bring my style to them and my goals are to make these young men hard-working citizens of the community,” Jones said, “and use basketball to accomplish that and compete at a championship level.”
—Contact Brian Woodson