A Passion with Purpose, and the Pitch

Adam Jones brings much more than coaching skills to Anderson High School

When I first met Adam Jones or “Coach Jones” as many know him, the plan was to gather details regarding the upcoming soccer camp, over a cup of coffee. What I found, after getting to know him, was much more than a soccer coach who wanted to spread the word about camp. Adam Jones has a passion for the sport, for coaching, for education, and for life, that is inspirational.

After graduating from Mason High School in 2008, Adam earned a degree in secondary English education from Miami University in 2012. He played and coached at Mason High School, where they won the 2013 D1 OHSAA State Championship. Adam was hired as the Anderson Boys Varsity Soccer Coach in December of 2014, where he also teaches English.

In addition to talking about the soccer camp, I asked Adam a few questions about his life, experience and what drives him in this new role at Anderson High School:

Where do you get your passion for education and coaching?

“I got into education because of personal tragedy. In the summer of 2009 my young brother, Alex, took his life after suffering from Crohn’s Disease and Depression. It wasn’t at that moment I realized I wanted to get into education and coaching, but it was at that moment I realized life was short and what really mattered was the impact we could make on the people of this world. I saw education as my way of doing so. I’ve fallen in love with this profession–with this life–and I couldn’t be in a better position, nor in a better community.”

Your student-athletes seem to be incredibly motivated by you as a leader and mentor, what is your philosophy with respect to coaching?

“In the simplest terms, my coaching philosophy is that I’m relationship driven and athlete centered. I believe to get the most out of your athletes, you need to understand them holistically and approach them as people first, athletes second. When athletes know that coaches care, sports have the power to transform lives; bonds are formed and lessons are learned that extend far beyond the confines of the playing field. The trust between player and coach is inherent to success. We try to foster that everyday at Anderson.

“I’ve inherited a group of hungry individuals. I realized early on that these young men have the desire, the skill, and the work ethic to be successful and to build this program back up to what it used to be. What they were lacking was direction and opportunities to put in the work they so desired. A rigorous off-season conditioning program is under way and our numbers and work ethic are through the roof. As a program we are in the process of redefining our perception of hard work and commitment. The boys understand that in order to get what we’ve never gotten, we need to do things we’ve never done.This requires personal sacrifice for the good of this program. We’re embracing discomfort, taking advantage of the 24 hours we have in front of us and getting better each and every day. That’s how programs are built.”

Coach Jones’ goals for the men’s program:

  • Establish a culture that values hard work, commitment, and brotherhood
  • Become more involved at the youth level and within the community
  • Bring pride back to this program and community

“We understand that our process determines our product and those games played in August and September are won and lost now. That’s why we go to work every day.” – Coach Adam Jones

Even as we wrapped up our meeting early that Saturday morning, Adam was heading off to attend a game that one of his students was competing in. Not as their coach, or a teacher, but as a mentor with a passion for supporting young people both inside, and outside of the classroom. We welcome Adam to our school district, and our community. We’re lucky to have you here.

Learn more about the Anderson Soccer Program from the web site

Follow Coach Jones on Twitter at @Coach_Jonze

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