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L-EHS football coach/AD retires, heads to Ben Lippen

Posted: July 10, 2014 5:36 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Scott Jones, the winningest coach in the 42-year history of the Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) football program, retired as both the school’s head football coach and athletic director Wednesday morning to take an assistant coaching, teaching and administrative position at Ben Lippen Christian School in Columbia.

Jones informed Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan of his decision early Wednesday morning.

“Scott Jones is a man of strong character and integrity who has served Lugoff-Elgin High School well,” Morgan said of Jones’ tenure at Kershaw County’s largest high school. “He’s, literally, touched thousands of young people’s lives during his time in Kershaw County. I wish him well in this new opportunity.” 

In 12 seasons as the Demons’ head coach, Jones guided the program to a school-record 57 victories on the gridiron and to the Region 6-4A football championship in 2010, the first year the school was bumped to the ranks of the state’s largest high schools.

Jones came to L-EHS in 1995, as an assistant coach to then-first-year head coach Ernie Hughes. When Hughes left the school and accepted the head coaching position at Andrew Jackson in the spring of 2002, Jones was promoted to the head coach for the Red and Blue.

In Jones’ first season calling the shots, he directed the Demons into the AAA Upper State championship game which L-EHS lost to eventual state champion Union High School. That capped an 8-6 campaign and marked what still is the deepest post-season run in the program’s gridiron history. In 2008, L-EHS advanced to the third round of the AAA Upper State playoffs, capping a 9-4 campaign with a loss to Daniel which came on the heels of road wins at J.L. Mann and Greer in first and second round contests, respectively.

A 31-year high school coaching veteran with the last 28 of those as a teacher, Jones was also the athletic director at Lugoff-Elgin for the past 12 seasons. Under his leadership, the Demons won three AAA state championships in wrestling (2003 and 2010) and baseball (2010).

Morgan said that the district is currently in the process of naming an interim head football coach for the 2014 L-EHS season as well as an interim activities director before a full-scale search will be performed for the positions. No decision as to the hiring of an interim head football coach or, athletic director at the school had been made as of press time for today’s edition.

District officials added that they have assembled a panel of school- and district-level personnel who will be interviewing interested internal candidates. New L-EHS Principal Worth Thomasson is also talking with stakeholders to get their input on long-term and short-team needs for both the school’s football and athletic programs.

(A full feature story on Jones’ decision and an interview with the former L-EHS head coach and athletic director will be included in the sports section of Monday’s edition of the C-I.)

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