JEFFERSON CITY- The Jefferson City Jays have a new football coach. The Jays announced that Damon Wells is taking over the program. Wells replaces Scott Bailey who resigned after just one year. Jeff City went just 3-7 in Bailey's lone season.
Wells comes to the Capital City from Rifle High School in Rifle, Colorado where he was not only head football coach but also served as the Athletic Director. Wells will also hold the Activities Director title at Jefferson City High, replacing Chad Rizner who said he would step away from the position in the Fall.
"He has a proven track record for winning football games and winning championships and leading groups of young men and that was the stand out feature," said Jefferson City School District Athletic Director Ehren Earleywine. "He's a dynamic leader, too. He's articulate, he's smart, he's witty. He's committed to being here long-term."
Wells won 118 games while losing only 35 times at his previous stop in Colorado. His teams at Rifle High School never had a losing season under his leadership. Wells won his conference's Coach of the Year award six times. He also won a State Championship as defensive coordinator at Rifle in 2004.
“I know firsthand how a football team is a major source of pride and excitement not only for the high school, but the community at-large," said Wells in a press release. "I look forward to leading Jays Football, which has a meaningful history, and ensuring student success on and off the field.”
Earleywine said that Wells was "by far and away our top candidate". Wells takes over a program that used to be one of the state's best but has struggled to win consistently in recent seasons.
"All the things we've been through over the last two to three years with our football program and our changes in coaching has added a degree of difficulty to getting this next coach," said Earleywine. "I was pleased with our pool of applicants."