Eric Jones has been chosen as the wrestling head coach at Auburn Riverside High School.
Jones succeeds his older brother, Kyle, who has accepted the position as dean of students at the school.
An assistant the past seven years, Eric Jones welcomes the chance to lead the Ravens, three-time defending North Puget Sound League Olympic champions who have gone undefeated in division duals the past three seasons. The Ravens took a program-best 14 individuals to state last season.
“I am grateful to have learned underneath two incredible coaches in Kyle Jones and Steve Mead over the last seven years,” said Jones, the NPSL Assistant Coach of the Year the past two seasons. “I thank them for all they have passed down to me and am very excited about this opportunity and continuing our success here at Auburn Riverside.”
Jones, a 2008 Auburn Riverside graduate, was a three-time SPSL North League champion and a four-time regional champion who captured state titles in his weight class in 2007 and 2008. After high school, Jones was a junior college All-American at Highline and finished his career at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was part of a national champion.
“It is great to have a true Raven like Eric Jones work with our kids,” said Doug Aubert, the school’s athletics director. “Much of the current success the team has had recently can be attributed to Eric. We are very happy to be able to make this seamless transition.”