POPLARVILLE - William Jones has resigned as head football coach at Pearl River Community College, school officials announced Friday.
Jones was 11-16 in his three seasons as head coach of the Wildcats, including a disappointing 2-7 campaign this past season in which PRCC was 0-4 at home. The highlight of the season was a 17-9 upset victory over then-No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln on Oct. 3.
"Coach William Jones is a dedicated football coach who, in the past, has enjoyed tremendous success," said PRCC President William Lewis. "He has consistently displayed a passion for the lifelong success of his players. He is a good man and we wish him every success in the future."
Jones was a 15-year veteran of coaching in the Mississippi junior college ranks, 10 of those with PRCC. He previously spent seven seasons (2001-07) as defensive coordinator for the Wildcats, six under former head coach Tim Hatten.
During the six seasons Jones spent under Hatten, the Wildcats were 60-12, winning four consecutive MACJC state championships and the NJCAA national title in 2004.
In 2008, Jones was hired as defensive coordinator and associate head coach at East Mississippi, where he helped the Lions win the national championship in 2011. During his five seasons at East Mississippi, the Lions were 44-10.
Lewis said a search for a new head coach would begin immediately.
"We will move carefully to identify a quality professional and person as our next head football coach," he said.