Lakeway Christian Academy is searching for a new football coach.
On Tuesday Jermel Jones announced, via twitter, that he would be stepping down as the Lions head coach after just nine months on the job.
Jones coached the Lions in their first year as a varsity program. Facing top competition, the Lions went 0-5 in their inaugural season.
"These last 9 months have been a blessing and nothing short of amazing," Jones tweeted out. "You all will always hold a special place in my heart and in the words of Boy2Men “It’s so hard to say Good bye” so this isn’t good bye this is an I’ll see you later."
Lakeway confirmed the resignation Tuesday afternoon in a press release.
"We were notified earlier today that Jermel Jones, Head Football Coach and Dean of Students at Lakeway Christian Academy, has submitted his resignation to return home to Central Florida and accept another coaching opportunity," the release said. "While we are sad to see him go, we respect his decision to be back closer to family in his home state. In his short tenure at LCA, Coach Jones made an immediate impact both on and off the field. We appreciate all he has done to lay the groundwork for our football program and to leave it in a position for future success. Coach Jones led the Lions in a lot of firsts this year and will forever be a part of Lakeway's football story. Please join us in praying for Coach Jones and his family during this transition."
The release said that Lakeway will be immediately searching for Jones' replacement.
This will be the third head coach for the football program, a program that has only been around for a year. Former Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler was named the head coach of the Lions in 2018. However, before coaching a varsity game, Fowler resigned.