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Williamson Daily News/HD Media Phelps coach David Jones announced his resignation from the Hornet football program on Wednesday December 12, 2018. Jones had a 14-16 record at Phelps over his three seasons.

PHELPS, Ky. — The Phelps Hornets will have to begin their search for a new football coach as David Jones announced his resignation via his Facebook on Wednesday. 

"I have resigned as head football coach," Jones said in his lengthy post. "Hornetville it has been my pleasure leaving you a better program to only go up from here. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. #hornetpride."

Jones was hired as head coach in January of 2016 and immediately changed the culture around the Hornet football program. Phelps had a 1-39 record in the four seasons prior to Jones hire and was without a home field and were playing their games at old Vipperman Field in Belfry. 

Under the tutelage of Jones, the Hornets improved their win total to four wins in 2016 and boosted that total to five wins in both the 2017 and the 2018 seasons. The Hornets clinched their first .500 season in 2017 since the 2004 season. The Hornets now have a solid foundation for their football program as well as a new home field in Marty Casey Stadium. 

Jones was a 2004 graduate of Belfry High School where he won two state champions under coach Philip Haywood before he went on to have a four-year career at the University of Kentucky under legendary coach Rich Brooks. He had a cup of coffee in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and also played some Arena Football. 

In his post, Jones declined to comment on what the next step in his coaching career will be. Prior to taking over the job at Phelps, he was an assistant under coach Dudley Hilton at UPIKE and also an assistant under coach Haywood during the Pirates run of Class AAA state title game appearances.

Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com