After 19 years at Lugoff-Elgin, football coach Scott Jones received an offer he could not refuse.
Thursday was Jones’ first day as offensive coordinator for the Ben Lippen Falcons.
“It was really a strange circumstance, but I just felt like, you know, the Lord was really leading me to do this. I told them no three times,” Jones said.
But the Ben Lippen administration was persistent, and the opportunity to step away from the duties of athletics director was something he needed.
“I’m really excited about not being an athletic director and all that goes with that. The past couple of years, it’s just become a grind for me,” he said.
Derek White, who assumed the Falcons’ head coaching position last week, said Jones is a great asset to the evolving Ben Lippen program.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity for Ben Lippen and myself,” White said. “His reputation is unbelievable. He brings a great amount of experience for someone like me to lean on, and like I said, we want to build this staff to be one that will push this program and he is part of that.”
Added Jones: “I think Derek is a really fine selection as a head coach, and we hit it off pretty quickly.”
Jones met his new players at Ben Lippen on Thursday and is looking forward to developing the Falcons’ offense, which averaged 17 points and 273 yards per game in their 2-8 campaign last season.
Jones retired from Lugoff-Elgin and said good-bye to his Demons players earlier in the week. Jones’ Demons were 40-41 the past eight seasons and 1-10 last season in Class 4A.
“I would have never done this in a million years,” Jones said of leaving the Demons with just three weeks before the start of preseason practice. “I hate that part of it.”
“This senior class coming up at Lugoff is going to be really good. They’ve got so many wonderful kids that I’ve watched grow up. I’ve had so many wonderful people that I’ve met through the years at Lugoff. I really hate to leave them,” he said.
But Jones could not resist.
Ben Lippen afforded Jones a great opportunity for the coach and his family and ultimately, he said, “I just felt like it’s where the Lord wanted me to be.”