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Prep sports: North Marion athletic director Andy Jones accepts job at Oregon City


He will oversee the Pioneers' athletic programs starting July 1. A search for his replacement has begun.

North Marion athletic director Andy Jones will be trading his green and white school colors for the crimson and black of Oregon City High School, effective July 1.

Jones has been at the North Marion School District for five years and works as athletic director and vice principal of the high Andy Jonesschool. He was chosen to replace Oregon City athletic director Bruce Reece, who will leave the school in June.

“I’m really excited,” Jones said. “There are opportunities that come around that you can pass up, and then there are opportunities that come along that you can’t pass up. This one is one that I can’t pass up on.”

The move takes Jones 17 miles northeast to an Oregon City School District that is one of the largest in the state. Oregon City High School has the fifth-largest student body in Oregon at 1,957 students, according to the OSAA.

“He’s going to one of the premier schools in our state, one of the larger schools in our state,” North Marion Superintendent Boyd Keyser said. “(There is) a rich and solid athletic background at Oregon City.”

Jones’ athletic director position at Oregon City will be singular, unlike his dual administrative roles at North Marion, allowing him to put more focus into the Pioneers’ athletic programs.

“He gets to focus just on athletics, which is a real strength of his,” Keyser said. “I think (this) is something that he wanted to be able to do, just to see how good he can be by devoting all of us time to that area.”

While Jones didn’t pinpoint any specific projects he would like to spearhead at Oregon City, citing the school’s already stable athletic programs, he noted the extra time he will be able to devote to sports allows for more flexibility in enriching upon the Pioneers’ athletic platforms.

“You can really look to enhance programs, because you have more time to dedicate to those things,” he said. “When you go to a place and you have that one focus, you can look to get deeper into things and try to fine-tune things even better.”

Jones, who was named the Oregon Athletic Directors Association’s 4A athletic director of the year in 2012, will continue to work in the North Marion School District through June. He plans to wrap up several tasks, such as finding a replacement for boys basketball coach Chris Parkinson, who recently resigned, while helping to familiarize the future athletic director with North Marion.

Jones’ positions as vice principal and athletic director have both been posted, and Keyser would like to see them filled by the second week in May. Whether the new administrator will take on both of Jones’ positions depends on the specific skills of the applicants.

“It’s rare anymore that somebody is just an athletic director full-time,” Keyser said. “With budget cuts, you don’t have that luxury. So we’re open to what that model might look like, and it’s going to be based on the talents of the individual.”

Jones said he will miss the relationships he’s built at North Marion among coaches, parents, staff members and of course, the student body.

“We have great kids and great student-athletes in our building who go out everyday and do everything they can to be successful,” he said. “We have taken our athletic program and made it very cohesive and more toward a central focus of what we really want to try to do and what we want to accomplish, and I think our coaches have bought into that really well.”