First in a series
When Greenville Christian School was looking for a new athletic director, Randy Jones got a phone call from an old friend.
Gary Felmet, the Eagles’ basketball coach, called Jones asking if he’d be interested in becoming the Eagles’ new AD.
“I did this for 37 years and was retired,” said Jones.
Jones was interested and took the job. At first he was going to be the Eagles’ AD with someone else serving as the head football coach. But after being asked if would also coach football, Jones answered yes and will be performing both duties. He also plans to coach the Lady Eagles’ softball team.
Jones said “it’s wonderful” to be back in coaching.
“I didn’t realize how much I missed it,” he said.
Jones said he feels very fortunate to get the opportunity to coach at GCS.
The Eagles are getting a football coach who’s won 152 games in a long career.
After graduating from Mary Hardin-Baylor, Jones began his coaching career at Moody in Central Texas. He’s also coached at Princeton, Wolfe City, Trinidad, Fannindel, Coolidge, Rising Star, Bells and Detroit in Texas, plus Tonopah and Dayton in Nevada.
Jones has coached both 11-man football and the six-man style the Eagles play.
“I was an 11-man head coach for 16 years,” he said. “I loved it and had good success.”
He’s also enjoyed success in nine years of coaching six-man, including with the Fannindel Falcons.
“When you look at six-man, it’s a combination of fast-break basketball and straight offense,” said Jones. “Most defensive coordinators have to go on blood pressure medicine. It’s a great game. I enjoy it.”
Jones is being assisted by coaches Matthew Henderson, Ron Wimberley, Jason Stephenson and Brandon Fauley. Stephenson is a former Greenville Lion athlete. Fauley was a quarterback on some of the Eagles’ strong teams of the past. Henderson played basketball for the Commerce Tigers.
The GCS staff is working with six seasoned veterans off last year’s 2-8 playoff team including running back-linebacker Ethan Daniels, quarterback-free safety Wilson Feezel, running back-linebacker Eli Wimberley, lineman Peyton Doan, running back-defensive back Nick Jackson and lineman Joshua Buchanan.
Newcomers who are expected to contribute to the program include Caddo Mills transfer Jude Ray, Josh Walsh, Cameron Parks and Seth Rocket.
The Eagles’ season ended last year on a disappointing note with a 92-0 bi-district playoff loss to eventual state champion Baytown Christian. The Eagles played that game without two of their top players lost to injuries, Wimberley (broken leg) and Samuel Pitts (knee).
Jones said this group of Eagles want success and are “very excited” about this season.
“I’m hoping to bring it (success) to the kids and the school,” said Jones.
The Eagles are scheduled to scrimmage on Aug. 16 at home against Fannindel and Savoy. They’ll kick off the 2019 season on Aug. 31 at TCAF defending state champion Wylie Prep, which is coached by Larry Uland, who coached GCS to state titles in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Greenville Christian School
2019 football schedule
Aug. 31 at Wylie Prep 2 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Rockall Heritage 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 Lucas Christian 11 a.m.
Sept. 20 at *Dallas Lakehill 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Irving Faustina 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 *Tyler East Texas (HC) 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 *at Dallas Tyler Street 4 p.m.
Oct. 26 *Weatherford Christian 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 *at Dallas Fairhill 11 a.m.
Nov. 9 *Longview Trinity (SD) 2 p.m.
*TAPPS District 2 game
(SD) Senior day