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Update: Biloxi's new girls basketball coach resigns

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD 
 Former Olive Branch girls basketball coach Blake Jones has resigned before ever coaching a game at Biloxi.
CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD Former Olive Branch girls basketball coach Blake Jones has resigned before ever coaching a game at Biloxi.

Biloxi's new girls basketball coach won't get a chance to lead the Lady Indians on the hardwood.

According to BHS athletics director Tom Gladney, Blake Jones resigned from his new post, effective Tuesday morning.

"It was a shock to us as we felt like we had gone through the process and hired the best possible candidate," Gladney said in an email.

Jones told the Sun Herald he enjoyed his brief time on the Coast.

"I put in a lot of work," he said. "I already had a Biloxi tag on my truck."

He said he doesn't want people to think he came to the Coast, didn't like it and left.

"I have nothing bad at all to say about Biloxi," Jones said. "It's a great place to work."

Jones said the new opportunity is in "franchise ownership" but declined to elaborate further. He called it a once-in-a-lifetime chance for him.

"I had two good opportunities come up in the last three months," he said. "Biloxi was one and this was the other, which is much better financially."

Jones hit the ground running at Biloxi, conducting practices. He said the team posted a 15-3 record during the summer season.

"They have a lot of great talent, a lot to work with, the facilities are best in the state and the pay is probably one of the best in the state," Jones said. "I think it's a winning recipe there with what you have to work with."

Biloxi will advertise the position immediately "and hope to find the best possible candidate to lead our girls basketball program in the future," Gladney said.

Jones was considered a slam dunk hire for Biloxi in mid-April. Prior to heading to the Coast, Jones posted a 111-40 record in eight seasons at Olive Branch, including appearances in the Class 6A title game in two of the last three seasons.

"If you look at the Olive Branch program before he got there, there are similarities to where we are now as a program," Gladney told the Sun Herald at the time of the hire. "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."

Biloxi posted a 17-14 record under former coach Joseph Brown, who retired prior to the 2015-16 season. Under Martha Bradley-Hall in last season, the team posted an 11-17 record.

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