RONDA — Mount Airy and East Wilkes high schools have effectively traded two of their top athletic officials, after the announcement made by the Wilkes County Schools on Tuesday afternoon.
A month and a day after the Granite Bears hired then-East Wilkes head football coach Jasson Adkins to take over their football program following the retirement of Kelly Holder, the Cardinals turned around and tabbed current MAHS assistant football coach and co-athletic director Jonathan Wilmoth to take over their football team.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Wilmoth to the Cardinal Family as our next head football coach and physical education teacher,” a release on East Wilkes’ official Facebook page announced on Tuesday, which went on to describe Wilmoth’s credentials as a football coach.
He has been an active coach in the area for the past 13 years, first as an assistant to Monty Southern at Surry Central from 2005-11, and then at Mount Airy since 2012. He has been one of the top offensive assistants for the Bears ever since, helping them post a 66-16 record and reach the West Regional final in 2016 and the state championship game in 2017. After Holder announced his retirement in March, Wilmoth was considered a candidate to succeed him, but the school system selected Adkins, who went 30-8 in final three seasons with the Cardinals.
“We think that with his history at Mount Airy and being around that caliber of a football team, that he brought a lot of experience and was ready to become a head coach,” said East Wilkes Athletic Director Justin Call. “It’s a good situation, as he has leadership as an athletic director and he knows how to run a program. He’s very bright when to comes to the football side of things, and we are really excited.”
Since the death of former MAHS athletic director Donald Price in 2016, Wilmoth had shared the AD role with head women’s basketball coach Angela Mayfield. He will not have such roles at East Wilkes.
“We are very excited to have Coach Wilmoth lead our program as we move forward and are glad to have him and his family join our Cardinal Family,” the release stated.