Some Big Shoes To Fill

It was quite the struggle more than a decade ago. For a variety of reasons getting the Tiffin City Schools Board of Education to allow bowling to become a sport took a while. Eventually it became a reality and the sport has flourished.

Now however, a new coach will be needed as David Jones, the Columbian boys coach for the past 11 years has submitted his resignation. Admitting that it was a difficult decision, the chance to coach the sport at the collegiate level was too great an opportunity to pass on. Jones will now become the men’s bowling coach at Muskingum.

As any good coach will tell you, their success is primarily determined by the abilities and character of the young people they have to work with. He was fortunate to have some fabulous bowlers to help mold, but you cannot underestimate the value of a good coach. David Jones knows the sport of bowling and his record speaks to that fact. Jones amassed a record of 127-56 in those eleven seasons. That, folks, is a winning clip of 70%. His teams have won several league titles and has had OHSAA tournament success as well. Four Columbian bowlers have gone on to participate in college including Jones’ own son Will. David will have the opportunity to coach his son again as he throws the rock for the Muskies.

Beth Jones, David’s wife, has been the girls coach at TC for the past 7 years. She too has had success with a 69-36 record. As David and Beth head for New Concord, Columbian is faced with finding new coaches. The next mentor will have some big shoes to fill, but the talent level is still high. Will the success continue? Only time will tell for sure, but David Jones has created a solid program. The new coach will not be starting from scratch.

The view from my seat suggests that Columbian bowling fans should be grateful for the work David Jones has put in for the program. Following the bowling fortunes of both Columbian and Muskingum will be fun. Here’s to the future success of both Jones and the new TC coach.