After leading South Bend Washington to a 4A State title game in 2011, Antwon Jones moved north to Michigan.
Jones, who played football at Notre Dame, is entering his second season as the head coach ar Niles. His first year wasn't to the level he wanted. The Vikings missed the playoffs posting a sub .500 record of 4-5.
In his second year he returns 11 starters across the board and believes they can turn things around. In fact, he doesn't just believe it, he expects it.
"I think the biggest thing is letting them know that there are expectations. That they are expected to not just go out there and compete with teams but they are expected to go out there and win," says coach.
In their first couple practices, coach says he has already seen positive signs, describing his team as a hard-nose group that will surprise some people this season.
The players know what is expected of them as well. Senior running back Jeremy Wortham believes his team is ready to go. He said "We are thinking we are going to have a better year this year. Everybody is coming out and practicing hard." He added "We are going to try and make the playoffs. I'm not going to promise anything but we are going to try and work hard to get there."
Niles opens up its season at home against Lakeview August 29th.