Albert Jones Returns to Meade

Summertime means lots of coaching changes at the high school sports levels. It's a constant carousel of coaches leaving, and new ones filling the open positions left behind. Meade High School in Anne Arundel County has just gone through that process, with Albert Jones being hired as the head football coach, filling the position left behind by legendary coach Rich Holzer,who will now be coaching at Mount St. Joseph. Jones was an assistant for Holzer at Meade at one point, and also coached JV basketball at the school too.

"Most of the staff members were here when I was here as a teacher and JV basketball coach, so they already know me and my intentions for the program. I also know the players because I had a lot of them as students or on the JV basketball team," Jones said. "To me, it's kind of like the family has been reunited, and everyone has been nothing but positive to me in the transition."

Last year, Jones coached North County's varsity football team, his first season as a varsity head coach. The Knights finished the season 3-7.

"I view my time at North County as a great learning experience surrounded by great people, and especially great kids," Jones said. "I learned a lot of things at North County and I had some great people in my corner that made me a better coach and player. Those kids worked so hard for me, and I am forever grateful for that."

Jones is inheriting a Meade squad who finished 7-3 last year, barely missing qualifying for the MPSSAA playoffs. The Mustangs had won their region the previous two seasons, making Meade one of the more successful programs in the Baltimore area over the past few years. Jones is excited to make his imprint on the program.

"A couple of traits of a team coached by me would be mental toughness and being athletically ready," Jones said. "As a coach, on the field I like to emphasize to my players to prepare for the moment, execute when called upon, and respect the game you love."

July 14th, 2015By: Wick Eisenberg

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