By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor
In the whirlwind that is high school coaching changes, three former Pulaski County High School coaches will start the 2014 school year coaching different teams at different schools.
Former Cougar football coach Todd Jones, who led the Cougars from 2010 through 2013, will be leaving the Pulaski County area to take over as the new head coach of the Washington and Lee of Montross Eagles football program.
Jones will be replacing departing head coach Antron Yates. The Eagles finished last season with a 7-5 record, and finished the 2012 season 5-6. The 2011 season was a solid one, with the team ending with a 10-2 record. In 2001 the Eagles won the Division 2 State Championship under then Head Coach Malcolm Lewis.
Jones graduated from PCHS with the Class of 1990, and went on to attend Emory and Henry College, where he graduated in 1994. He took a job as an assistant football coach at Essex High School, and in a short time was named the head coach of that program. He led the Trojans for 13 years, putting together an incredible 135-34 record that included nine district titles, five region titles, three state championship appearances, and finally state championship in 2009. That season ended with a 14-0 record, capped off with the 30-0 win over the Radford Bobcats in the title game.
He ended his time at Pulaski County with a record of 16-28. The move will put Jones in an interesting position, as he will now face his former Essex Trojans on a regular basis.
Former Cougar Head basketball coach Geoff McCulloch announced that he was stepping down as the head coach of the West Point High School Green Wave at the end of the season. He finished this past season with an impressive 25-6 record that took them to the brink of a state title.
McCulloch will now be taking over as the head coach of the Jamestown High School Eagles. The Eagles finished last season with a 6-13 record, but have the potential to be a solid team in the coming season.
Finally, former Cougar basketball player and recent junior varsity head coach J.R. Montgomery has been named to replace McColluch as the new head basketball coach at West Point High School.
Last season Montgomery led the younger Cougars to an impressive 15-6 record. He coaches an aggressive style of play on both sides of the court, with an attacking offense and a pressure defense. This will be Montgomery’s first head coaching position.
Expect good things from all of these former Cougars.