Biloxi High School has hired one of the state's more successful girls basketball coaches in recent years.
The Biloxi School Board board approved Blake Jones of Olive Branch as its new head girls basketball coach last week.
Jones serve eight years as the Olive Branch head coach and had a record of 111-40 during his time there. He led Olive Branch to the Class 6A state title game in two of the last three seasons and the Lady Quistors were expected to compete for a state championship in 2017.
Biloxi athletic director Tom Gladney said the school had over 40 candidates apply for the job opening after Joseph Brown retired prior to the 2015-16 season.
For Biloxi, it marks the hiring of another coach who brings an impressive resume to the school. Bobby Hall, a former Madison Central and Amory head coach, was hired as football coach and Eddie Lofton was hired away from Clinton, both in 2015.
"We've tried to be consistent on our latest hires," Biloxi athletic director Tom Gladney said. "They've all been successful in years past. Coach Jones is in that same mode."
The Biloxi girls went 17-14 under Brown in 2014-15 and 11-17 under Martha Bradley-Hall, who led the team on an interim basis in 2015-16.
Gladney said he was "flattered" to have Jones apply for the job.
"If you look at the Olive Branch program before he got there, there are similarities to where we are now as a program," Gladney said. "They had some good teams, but never went to the state tournament. We've had some good teams, but never went to the state tournament. We were looking for someone to take us to that next level."