|Jones A Huge Addition For WHS|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Saturday, 07 July 2012 11:21|
As the old cliche goes, one man's loss is usually another man's gain. And that will be the case for Watauga High baseball coach Pete Hardee when Ryder Jones, a rising senior, makes his way from Stillwater, OK., to Boone this coming school year. Jones' father, Billy Jones, was named the new baseball coach at Appalachian State University on Friday.
Jones was an assistant coach and a recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State before he took over the Mountaineers' baseball program. Jones, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 185 pounds, plays baseball and basketball. He was one of 40 players selected to the USA 18-and-under Baseball Team in Cary, N.C., before he failed to make the cut for the final 28 on the national roster July 1. He's been ranked among the top 50 players in the country by PerfectGame.org; he's been highly recruited and he has not made a verbal commitment to a school just yet. However, Stanford has been mentioned as a possible choice. Billy Jones projects his son to be a third baseman down the road.
Meanwhile, the search for a new head coach at UNC-Greensboro continues. According to Skippers Dugout, Matt Heath, an assistant coach at College of Charleston, is scheduled to be interviewed this coming week. Brevard College coach Matt McCay was interviewed last week.
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