On Schools: Jones leaving Johnstown for Glens Falls

Shane Jones

For the second time in as many years, the Greater Johnstown School District will be looking for a new athletic director.

After just one year in the position, Shane Jones will leave the district to take over the athletic director position at another Foothills Council school — Glens Falls.

Jones was appointed to the position at a Glens Falls school board meeting Monday.

He will be taking over for longtime Glens Falls athletic director Arthur ‘Chip’ Corlew, who is retiring after 18 years in the position. Jones’ move to Glens Falls is effective as of July 1.

“It’s a great opportunity. I’m excited to take over in Glens Falls,” Jones said. “Chip [Corlew] has done a great job there for a long time.”

Jones was named Johnstown’s Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Extracurricular Programs Coordinator on June 1, 2021.

In the last year, Jones and his wife, Hannah, welcomed their first child, Jaxson, in November, and for Jones, who lives in Saratoga Springs, the move to Glens Falls will mean more time at home.

Jones’ wife also is employed by the Glens Falls School District as a first-grade teacher at Jackson Heights Elementary School.

“It’s a move that’s beneficial for myself and my family. It brings me closer to home, closer to where I’m from and where I still have family,” Jones said. “With my son, Jaxson, being born in November, I want to be home as much as I can. This move will help with that.”
In his time at Johnstown, Jones found himself in the unique position of guiding the athletic program in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Overall, I think we’ve had a successful year. We’ve had some growing pains, but we’ve persevered and weathered the storm,” Jones said. “It’s been tough with the pandemic with contract tracing and social distancing. I give a lot of credit to our student-athletes and coaches. They have done a great job adjusting to it and being flexible to all of the changes. It was difficult because each day it seems like we were just waiting for new guidance to come.”
The experience is one that Jones said will serve him well going forward.

“Even though I’ve only been here for a year, the pandemic experience has kind of battle tested me,” he said. “I’m proud of the way the coaches and student-athletes have acted to get through it and past it.”

Jones came to Johnstown from the Granville Central School District, where he was an elementary physical education teacher and head coach of the varsity boys’ soccer team. He spent three years as the assistant athletic director and physical education and health teacher at Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School in New York, where he was also the head coach for the bowling team and varsity softball assistant coach. Prior to that, Jones taught in the Whitehall Central School District, where he also coached the junior varsity baseball team and modified boys’ basketball team.

He earned his Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Ohio University and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland.

Jones is a native of Hudson Falls, where he was a Section 2 athlete who competed in the Foothills Council for the Hudson Falls Tigers as a member of the golf and baseball teams. He also competed on the Junior PGA of Northeastern New York and played travel hockey with the Adirondack Youth Hockey Association.

Jones replaced interim athletic director, Mike Satterlee, who worked for the Johnstown district for nearly 40 years. In his time at Johnstown, Satterlee was a physical education teacher for 23 years, athletic director for four years, Knox Junior High School principal for nine years and interim athletic director for three years.

Though his tenure lasted just a year, Jones said he enjoyed his time in Johnstown.

“Johnstown is a special place,” he said. “We’ve got a really great group of coaches, administration and student-athletes. I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’m going to miss it for sure.”

RECORD SETTERS

Mayfield/Northville’s Hannah Hoffman was part of two school record-setting efforts in a Western Athletic Conference meet with Fonda-Fultonville on Monday,

Hoffman, who attends Northville, won the 200 meters with a school-record time of 26.9 seconds.

She also teamed up Caitlin Clapper, Emma Peck and Alyssa Wilbur to win the 4 x 100 relay with a team record of 52.7 seconds.

NUMBER TO KNOW: 2

After posting a 4-3 home non-league victory over Schoharie on Thursday, the Johnstown softball team doubled its win total.

The Lady Bills avenged an earlier 20-7 loss to Schoharie in their season opener on April 1.

Bentley Lane had a single and scored the game-winning run for Johnstown (2-16 overall) in the bottom of the seventh inning on a triple by Bella Bermas.

Jordyn Tarbox and Camille Gray each had singles and scored a run for the Lady Bills, while Izzy Ropeter also scored a run.

SEASON FINALE

The Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth boys’ lacrosse team is scheduled to honor its seniors prior to Tuesday’s Foothills Council game against Scotia-Glenville at Lynch Literacy Academy.

In addition to honoring senior players, the teams also will recognize Welles Crowther, a former Boston College men’s lacrosse player who was died after saving several lives during 9/11.  He was known as the man in the red bandana.

The ceremonies are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., with the game slated to start at 7 p.m.

DATE(S) TO WATCH

For the area’s softball and baseball teams, this week will mark the beginning of the chase for sectional titles.

The Section II softball tournament brackets will be announced Monday, while the baseball pairings will be released Tuesday.

The Broadalbin-Perth baseball team is the defending Class B champion.

By Paul Wager

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