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Will Jones returns to Hudson’s Bay — this time as boys basketball coach

Coach led River girls past 3 seasons, previously coached Bay girls from 2011-13

By , Columbian staff writer

It’s another homecoming for Will Jones at Hudson’s Bay High School. 

Jones, Columbia River’s girls basketball coach the past three seasons, returns to the same school he got his first head-coaching job in 2011. 

Jones is now the Eagles’ boys basketball coach, replacing Theo Mikaele. 

Jones said a number of factors went into a decision that he called “great timing.” A big one is being an in-building coach at Bay. Jones works as a student advocate at the school, a program that helps struggling students get on track to graduate. 

“I work with those kids all day,” he said. “It’s very good to now work with the kids I coach. That’s huge.”

Jones’ roots at Bay run deep. He assisted the boys basketball program under two head coaches and was head coach of Bay’s girls team from 2011-13. At River, he led the Chieftains to three district tournament appearances and back-to-back second-place finishes in league. This past winter, River went 16-5 behind league MVP Jordan Ryan. 

“I absolutely loved coaching the River girls,” Jones said. “It was a hard conversation (announcing my resignation), but they all understood.”

Hudson’s Bay returns to Class 2A this school year as part of a nine-school 2A Greater St. Helens League. The Eagles went 4-16 last season.