Tim Jones has secured his first head coaching job and will now lead the Bray-Doyle basketball programs for the foreseeable future. He hopes to teach life lessons like his high school basketball coach did.
The Bray-Doyle School Board hired Jones on July 18. He will take over from coach Justin Miller.
After meeting the principal on July 19 and having the chance to learn more about the school, Jones said he was grateful for the opportunity to lead this program.
“I’m very, very grateful and grateful for the opportunity to be here and represent Bray-Doyle and teach these students basketball,” Jones said. “I hope they can reach their highest level of play for their life as they strive to be the best they can be. My goal is to challenge them to do their best and to nurture and foster an environment so that they want to give their best for their school, their family and give their all.
A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Jones became a full-time vocation pastor. It aims to build ranks from middle school through high school for the Bray-Doyle program.
Jones was also a graduate of Putnam City High School and played for the basketball team there while playing baseball.
When he played basketball in his ninth grade season, the coach who was there at the time taught Jones a lesson he still uses today.
“He invested in me and that’s what I want to do with my students,” Jones said. “Not only do I want to coach them in basketball skills, but I also want to invest in their lives beyond basketball to help them get through this crazy time in life.”
Jones will also serve as the FCA coordinator for the district. He has experience coaching his children’s teams, as he had a son and a daughter who played football regularly.
As Jones is about to start his first coaching job, the main goal for him is to encourage them to give it their all and strive 100% to win, lose or draw.
“I want them to give their best every time they step out on this court,” Jones said. “The girls won two last year and the boys won seven, so I want them to do better than last year.”
The season kicks off around October and Jones hopes to break into the mindset of them going out and believing they’re going to win.
“I think we’re going to surprise some people this year – they may think it’s just Bray-Doyle and it’s a win in the win column, but my goal is that when these kids come out on the court, they don’t expect to lose, they expect to win and be competitive,” he said. “Maybe we don’t beat the state champion, but maybe we do. and we can scare them to death. That’s what I want to do.