By Carlton D. White Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal

MARIETTA, GA. – South Cobb High School introduced former University of Alabama and NFL tight end Terry Jones Jr. as its new football coach Thursday.

The Tuscaloosa Central High School graduate and All-SEC player follows Sherrod Rainge, who spent three years as the Eagles’ coach before resigning with two games remaining in the 2016 season. Tommy Macon led the team in an interim capacity for those last two games.

The offensive coordinator at South Cobb in 2013 under former coach Michael Youngblood, Jones has spent 10 years coaching high school football in Georgia. From 2007-12, he coached defensive backs, wide receivers and tight ends at Tucker, and he was on the staff that led the Lions to the 2011 Class AAAA state championship.

After his one-year stint at South Cobb, Jones moved on to Grady, and he spent the last three seasons as the Grey Knights’ assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

Jones will begin his duties as football coach and a PE teacher at South Cobb on Feb. 27.

It will be Jones’ first stint as a head coach.

“I’m really super excited to be back at South Cobb as its new head coach,” Jones said. “I think the job has a lot of potential, and with the leadership in place that’s there, I think the team can be very successful. The administration has made a real commitment to the program. Principal (Clint) Terza was one of the biggest reasons I took the job. That support makes my job easier.”

Jones is taking over a program that has not had a winning season since 2012 — which was the last of three consecutive winning campaigns. The Eagles went 4-6 in 2014, 3-7 in 2015 and 1-9 last season.