Merle Jones

Merle Jones

Head Coach

Phone: 217-641-4979
Mobile: 641-777-3364
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On July 21, 2017, Director of Athletics Brad Hoyt announced that Coach Donnie ‘Merle’ Jones has been hired as the new women’s softball coach at John Wood Community College. Coach Jones replaced Coach Vic Schroeder, who resigned this offseason following his 2nd season at the helm of Lady Blazer Softball.

Coach Jones is the current girls’ softball coach at Keokuk (IA) High School. With 30 years of coaching experience, Coach Jones bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Blazer program. He is a three-time State qualifier (2009, 2010, and 2011), 6 time regional champion, and 5 time conference champion while leading the Keokuk program. With two additional state appearances and six additional conference championships before arriving in Keokuk, Coach has been a part of many successful seasons. In 2012, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Coaching Hall of Fame and currently serves on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Softball Advisory Board and is a member of the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association Softball Committee. During the 2015 season, he recorded his 700th win as a Head Softball Coach. The recipient of multiple Coach of the Year awards and recognitions, the Blazers are excited to welcome Coach Jones to Trail Blazer athletics.