New Hampshire Football Report

Milford’s Jones resigns

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Keith Jones said he isn’t done coaching football, but he is done coaching football at Milford High School.

Jones’ 23-year run as Milford varsity football coach ended Friday when he resigned from that position. Jones, who works as an assistant principal at Milford, informed his players of his decision to sted down Friday afternoon.

“(Milford assistant coach) Rick Urda and I made a pact many years ago that we would definitely keep coaching until my son Harris graduated, and he’s now graduating (this year),” Jones said. “And the last Urda graduated last year.

“So it was something that was going to be on my mind anyway. Then with the idea that my son, right now he’s going to Plymouth State, and if he decides that he’s going to follow through and play football I kind of want to be available for that. That was something that was weighing in.”

“I just finished my 24th year there (one as an assistant). It’s been a long time and I enjoyed every second of it. I’m either tired or I need a change, and I don’t think I’m tired.

“The other thing is I have a 12-year-old son who will be on the seventh- and -eight-grade team next year. Part of me says I want to spend more time with him.”

Jones, 50, guided Milford to the 2003 Division IV championship. Milford beat Monadnock 27-16 in the championship game that season.

Under Jones, Milford teams were known for good sportmanship and playing sound football. Rarely did the Spartans lose more games than they won.

“We made the playoffs a lot more than we didn’t make it,” Jones said. “I think we only had maybe two losing seasons. I’m not a big stats guy so I don’t care about that stuff. My number has always been how many kids turn out to be successful. Good people.”

Jones will coach the West in this summer’s New Hampshire East-West All-Star Game. Jones also coached the West in 2012 and 2015.

“I will say I’ve been very fortunate,” Jones said. “It’s been 24 wonderful years. I’ve had nothing but support from the community, my players, the parents, all of the administrations I’ve worked with. We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of amazing kids come through the program. It’s just been a great ride.

“I’m gonna tell you I’m not done coaching football. I’m just done being the head football coach at Milford.”

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