Barry Veal, head baseball coach at Jones County for 21 years, is stepping down to become the full-time athletic director for the county school system.
Replacing him will be Jason Page, a 1997 JCHS graduate who has been an assistant under Veal for the last seven years.
Back in the spring, Justin Rogers was hired as the new head football coach to replace Dwight Jones, who left to coach at Harris County.
“People have always told me I would know when it is time to stop coaching, and I thought they were crazy. But it was time,” Veal said of the decision. “I’ve been coaching baseball 24 years, and it was still fun. It was still a game. It wasn’t a job. I’ll miss being with the players and other baseball coaches every day. But I’m excited with the opportunity to stay here as athletic director. I’m looking forward to being around all of the players and coaches of all of the other sports.”
Veal will continue his teaching duties in the physical education department along with being athletic director, he said.
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