Updated at 4:30 p.m.
HIGH POINT — Wayne Jones will retire at the end of the school year after 13 seasons as head football coach and 30 years overall at High Point Central.
“Once you've been at a place for so long it's kind of hard to say goodbye,” he said today. “Everything comes to an end at some point in time.”
Jones' last Bison football team finished 0-11. His teams went 75-81 overall and 33-38 in conference play. They made nine NCHSAA playoff appearances and went 4-9 in postseason play.
"It's kind of bittersweet,” Jones said. “This was the first football head-coaching job that I had and the first high school football coaching job that I had as an assistant.”
Jones said what he's most proud of during his tenure at High Point Central is "just the number of kids that were able to help become productive citizens. ... Besides wins and losses, you should measure your team by the type of young men you put out in the community."
Jones said he hasn’t had a chance to speak with his current players about his decision, but he’ll talk with them when the opportunity presents itself.
“I just want them to continue to work hard,” he said. “I'll tell them, 'You don't play for a coach. You play because you love the game. Coaches are going to come and coaches are going to go.' "
The 2013 Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference Coach of the Year in football, Jones also serves as head indoor track coach and head boys outdoor track coach for High Point Central and teaches physical education.
"Throughout his decades of service to HPC, Coach Jones has helped hundreds of student-athletes in the classroom and in athletics," athletics director Mike Cook wrote in a news release. "Under his tutelage, over 50 student-athletes have gone on the receive college scholarships in both football and track. The High Point Central athletics department is immensely grateful to Coach Jones for his hard work and dedication to our school and our student-athletes.”
Jones hopes to continue that work as a coach and a physical education teacher in his native Georgia, where he has one grandson and another on the way.
“I hope my record, my work ethic and the job I've done will help me to obtain a job down there at some point in time," he said.
Now, High Point Central will begin its search for Jones’ successor.
Anyone interested in the position should email a resumé to Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.