Vance Jones leads Bears to his seventh state championship game in legendary career
Coach Jones won his first state championship in 1976.
ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - If you don’t know Vance Jones, allow me to introduce you.
Coach Jones won his first state championship as a head coach at Marathon in 1976, won back to back state titles at Garden City in 2009 and 2010, and is now taking Balmorhea to its third state title game since taking over the struggling program in 2012.
“I came with the intents of making the program at this level,” Jones said.
Mission accomplished. 44 years after his first state championship, he hopes to bring Balmorhea its first state championship.
“The only thing they want to do now is to finish,” Jones said.
You’d be hard pressed to find a coach as decorated or revered as Jones in the state of Texas. But his secret to creating high school power programs is pretty simple.
“You have to start from day one. You have to start showing them what it’s like to be a good team,” Jones said. “The first two years we played teams they never thought about playing because they didn’t think they were good enough. And we lost a lot of games. But they learned that if you want to be the best you’ve got to play the best.”
After 40 plus years, he’s still doing it for the love of community.
“Balmorhea fans are amazing. They show up at every game no matter where it’s at, who we’re playing.”
Next stop for Balmorhea fans: San Angelo, where Coach Jones will coach his 7th state title appearance this Tuesday at 6 pm.
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