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Banks County's Jones to join Brookwood football staff

Philip Jones is returning to where he began his football career.

The Banks County head coach will join the coaching staff at Brookwood once his contract expires this summer.

Jones will join his father Tom, who has been the offensive line coach at Brookwood for 24 years. His older brother Tommy was recently hired as the head coach at Dacula. He is expected to help during spring practice in May and will be hired full-time for the 2013-14 school year.

"Philip and Tommy both grew up with us and are sons of the program," Brookwood coach Mark Crews said. "Obviously, we want our sons back home."

Jones, a 1997 Brookwood grad, was an offensive guard on the Broncos' 1996 state championship team. He went on to play football at the University of South Carolina.

"He was a captain for one of our best teams ever," Crews said.

Jones was 10-11 in his two seasons as head coach at Banks County, leading the Leopards to the state playoffs in 2011. He spent the previous two years as the offensive coordinator at Ware County.

Jones is replacing Mike Owens, who left to take the head coaching job at Chattahoochee. It's the second head coaching job for Owens, who was Peachtree Ridge's head coach the first two seasons after it opened. He was previously a longtime assistant at McEachern.

Owens is one of three coordinators to leave a team from Region 8-AAAAAA this offseason. Grayson defensive coordinator Robert Andrews took the head job at East Jackson and Shiloh defensive coordinator Bryan Love was named the head coach at Westlake.

Former Duluth head coach Corey Jarvis, who resigned to be closer to his family, accepted the head coaching job at Mays. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Jason Conner.