Ballinger AD resigns

Celinda Hawkins

BALLINGER – Coach David Jones, who has been head coach and athletic director with Ballinger Independent School District announced Thursday, that he will be resigning his position.

“We wish Ballinger ISD the best of luck in their search for a new AD. It is time for my family to explore other options and go a different direction. I appreciate Ballinger ISD allowing us the opportunity to be a head coach,” he said.

Jones, who replaced former coach Justin Wiley in 2015, posted a two-year record of 9-12, including two playoff appearances.

BISD Superintendent Jeff Butts confirmed the resignation saying that Jones has told him that he will be moving his family back to Plainview and that he expects to get a formal resignation from Jones next week.

Butts applauded Jones’ work with the athletes at BHS and said that the move came as somewhat of a surprise since the board had voted unanimously to extend Jones’ contract for another year at the March board meeting.

“I appreciate Coach Jones and his family coming to Ballinger very much,” Butts said. “He has worked extremely hard as has his coaching staff to get our program going in the right direction and I think he accomplished that. We all want to win more and I think that still would have happened. It is unfortunate it did not work out.”

Butts said it would have been nice for the program to have established some consistency.

“No matter what, he is a great man and great person, great coach and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him and what he tried to accomplish here,” Butts said.

The Board of Trustees will determine how to proceed in hiring a new AD at the next board meeting slated for Monday night.

“We will discuss the process and get this moving as quickly as possible,” Butts said.

He said the board will be looking for someone who is a good fit for the Ballinger program, one that has been plagued with turnover for the past several years.

“Without detriment to our program, we want to get the right person who fits here and someone who is a unifier and has high expectations of our kids and will help our kids to get better,” Butts said. “Each time there is a change, we want to use that opportunity to get better that is what the expectation and I hope that we work our tail off to get better, in all areas.”

Butts said he hopes the process will not be a long one.

“It's hopefully going to be a short timeline to get this thing going,” “It will be a seamless transition and that is what our kids deserve.”