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State award leaves Doug Jones 'humbled and speechless'

Doug Jones, athletic director for Union County Public Schools, accepts the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award from NCHSAA Deputy Commissioner Que Tucker.

If there’s a big high school sporting event going on in Union County, or even outside it, chances are Doug Jones is there.

Jones is in his fifth year as Athletic Director for Union County Public Schools, and he was honored at the state level on Monday, (Sept. 16, 2013).

Jones received the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award, which was named after the former NCHSAA executive director who retired in 2010.

Jones said he was “humbled and speechless” when his name was called out.

“You don’t go into education for yourself,” Jones said. “You are in it for the kids.”

The service award is given to one person in each region who has worked more than 10 years in athletics and education and regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty at the local and state levels.

Jones spent four years as Athletic Director at Parkwood High, then took the same job at his alma mater, Monroe High, where he spent 18 years before being promoted to county AD.

Jones has always been a multi-tasker. In addition to his administrative duties, Jones was a girls basketball coach for four years and a boys basketball coach for three years.

He also coached boys and girls tennis for 25 years, and served as an assistant for the late Johnny Jacumin on the Wingate University women’s basketball staff for 23 years.

Written by: Jerry Snow, Enquirer Journal sports editor
Posted: Sep 20, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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