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New Hale head coach Brian Jones, in a 1999 game playing for East Central, tackles Claremore’s Heath Casey. TULSA WORLD/File photo

Former East Central High School captain and co-defensive coordinator Brian Jones has been hired as Hale’s head football coach, pending Tulsa Public Schools board approval.

Jones, a 2001 East Central graduate, was a three-year starter at defensive back for the Cardinals and played two seasons at Memphis before a career-ending injury. He returned to the Cardinals as an assistant from 2007-12, with the last three seasons as their co-defensive coordinator.

Jones was Okmulgee’s offensive coordinator in 2013 and ’14, and Rogers’ defensive coordinator in 2015. He spent the past season at Hale Junior High.

“Brian is a great fit at Hale, and we are excited to welcome him to the Ranger Nation,” TPS athletic director Gil Cloud said.

— Barry Lewis, Tulsa World