Jones taking over as All Saints basketball coach

All Saints Episcopal School's coach Eddie Francis watches as his team plays Bullard High School in the 20th annual Tyler Area Basketball Officials Scholarship Classic sponsored by Woodmen Life Friday Nov. 25, 2016 at Whitehouse High School. Francis is stepping down as basketball coach but remain as athletic director at the school. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Brian Jones, a former Trojans all-state basketball player, is taking over for his basketball coach, Eddie Francis, at All Saints Episcopal School.

Francis told the Tyler Morning Telegraph and ETFinalScore.com on Monday he was resigning as basketball coach but will remain as All Saints athletic director.

“Brian’s passion for Christ, All Saints, the game of basketball and our players will make him a huge success in his new role,” Francis said. “He has formed long lasting relationships with our players and parents and everyone at All Saints has a high level of respect for him as a leader, coach and mentor. I’m extremely proud to hand the program over to him. He is definitely the right man to lead our program to new heights and will positively impact the lives of all our future players.”

Jones played for Francis from 1992 to 1997 (seventh through 12th grades) and was the school’s first all-state basketball player (1996 and 1997). Jones was the starting point guard on the Trojans’ first district championship (1997) and he was part of the first graduating class at All Saints in 1997. He has served as eighth grade and junior varsity coach as well as an assistant with the varsity at All Saints.

This was the third stint as head basketball coach of the Trojans for Francis, a total of 16 years.

He led the Trojans to the playoffs all 16 years as head coach, compiling a varsity record of 331-154. Francis led All Saints to seven district championship, three Final Four appearances (2014, 2015, 2017) and a TAPPS state runner-up spot in 2015. He was six-time district coach of the year and was selected to coach the TAPPS All-Star game in 1999 and 2000 as well as the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star game in 2015.

“I’ve been blessed to lead the All Saints basketball program on three different occasions over the past 26 years,” Francis said. “During that time, I’ve worked with some of the finest young people in the world. I will always cherish the strong relationships and great memories I’ve shared with our players, parents and coaches. I could not be more proud of our accomplishments and look forward to coach Jones raising the bar of excellence for our program in the future.”

In a letter to Trojan fans and parents, Francis said, “Three factors have led me to believe that this is the right time for me to step down as the coach of Trojan Basketball - family, my role as director of athletics and we have the right guy to take our program to the next level.”

His son, Aston, a former All-East Texas Most Valuable Player, is now playing basketball at Wheaton College near Chicago and his son, Logan, is a freshman at All Saints.

“With Aston playing at Wheaton and Logan showing a new dedication to the sport of basketball, I believe that it is imperative for me to be present for them so that I may share in their experiences and help them accomplish their goals,” he stated. “I’m dedicated to being the best dad I can be for my boys and not coaching will allow me more freedom to be more involved in all aspects of their lives.”

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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