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John Handley High School Announces New Head Football Coach

31 May 2018 Sports


The Winchester Public School Board is pleased to announce that Daniel Jones will become John Handley High School’s next head football coach. Coach Jones is transitioning from his role as an Assistant Varsity Coach for the Judges, where he has coached football since 1994. Previously, Coach Jones has served in multiple roles on the football staff including Freshman assistant coach, Freshman head coach and JV head coach. On the Varsity staff, Coach Jones has served as the Wide Receivers coach, Quarterbacks coach, Defensive Ends coach, Outside Linebackers coach, Special Teams Coordinator, Passing Game Coordinator as well as the Offensive Coordinator for the last two seasons.

While at Handley, Coach Jones has also been the Head Tennis Coach since 2015. Under Coach Jones’ direction, the Judges tennis team has amassed an impressive 61-0 regular season record, won four straight District Championships, one Region Championship, a 4A State Runner up finish in 2017 and the 4A State Championship in 2016. He has been named the Winchester Star Boys Tennis Coach of the Year for three years.

Coach Jones is Winchester native and a proud 1989 graduate of John Handley High School. As a student at Handley, Coach Jones was a two sport standout on the football and baseball fields. A two time All-District selection in baseball, the football field is where Coach Jones left his mark as a three year letterman making All-Area, All-District and All-Region honors as a tight end. In 1989, Coach Jones was selected as the Winchester Star Player of the Year, was recognized by the Judges Athletic Association with the Offensive Back of the Year and the Winnie Legge Award for outstanding athlete of the year. He was also named to Winchester Star First Quarter Century Team as a tight end and is a 2014 inductee to the Judges Athletic Association Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame.

Director of Student Activities, Mr. Rick Lilly, commented, “Coach Jones is uniquely qualified to assume the head position at Handley with his relationship to the athletes, experience with the football team and his vision for the the program. His ability to build relationships and connect with our players will make an immediate impact on our football team, program, and community.

John Handley High School Principal, Mike Dufrene,  commented, “We are thrilled that Dan Jones will be leading the Judges onto the football field this coming season!  His passion and dedication to our football program, our school, and to our community is remarkable. He made it clear during his interview that putting together a quality coaching staff was his top priority.  After his interview, I was ready to join his staff. When I asked Coach Jones what it would mean to him to be the next head coach at John Handley High School he said, “everything…to be able to walk down those steps onto the field as a player and now as a head coach would mean the world to me.”  Dan Jones is the best fit for John Handley football and we are proud to have him leading our team!”

After his graduation from Handley, Coach Jones attended Appalachian State for a year and then continued his academic and football career at Clinch Valley College, earning All-Conference honors his senior year and graduating with a degree in Business Administration. After serving his family’s business, Jones Funeral Home, as the Vice President of Operations and General Manager, Coach Jones was called to teaching and coaching and  joined the Handley staff as a business teacher in 2014.

Coach Jones and his wife, Karen, live in Winchester with their two daughters, Peyton and Kadan. Coach Jones commented, “I would like to thank my family for all their support during my coaching career.  Without this support and sacrifice, my dream of being the head coach at Handley would not be possible.”

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Rick Lilly, Director of Student Activities, at John Handley High School at 540-662-3421 (ext. 41112) or  lilly@wps.k12.va.us.


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