Adrian Jones, who coached Southern Durham High to the 2013 3AA state football championship, has resigned to become the running backs coach at N.C. Central.
Darius Robinson, Southern Durham’s athletics director, has been named its football coach.
“Our principal, Kenneth Barnes, wanted to maintain our continuity,” Robinson said. “He asked me if I would be willing to be head coach. I told him I’d do anything I could to help our program.”
Robinson will keep his AD position and hopes to retain the rest of the coaching staff and build on this season’s success.
Jones said in an email Thursday that he could not comment on his move.
Robinson is a Hope Mills South View High graduate and played football at N.C. Central. He was an assistant coach at N.C. Central and at Durham Hillside High. He came to Southern Durham in 2006 and has been an assistant coach under Jones.
Southern Durham defeated Boiling Springs Crest 38-31 to win the N.C. High School Athletic Association title last month. The Spartans finished 14-2, winning their final 13 games.
Jones was named the Spartans’ coach in 2007. His teams won four conference championships and had a 64-29 record.
The Spartans are expected to contend for the state title next season. Junior quarterback Kendall Hinton passed for 4,159 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,242 yards.
“Coach Jones did a tremendous job for us,” Robinson said. “He built a tremendous foundation. We’ve had talent in the past, but he was able to assemble a coaching staff that had the same view that he had of high school athletics.”
Southern Durham opened the 2013 season with a 29-24 loss to Durham Hillside and lost to powerhouse Scotland County 53-31 in the third game. The Spartans won the rest of their games.
“Coach Jones wanted to play the best teams we could,” Robinson said. “He has said many times that the Scotland game helped us by showing us how much we had to improve.”
Orbin steps down
Will Orbin, the football coach at Holly Springs the past two years, has resigned.
Holly Springs was 6-6 in 2013, losing to Garner in the first round of the state playoffs 63-21. The Hawks finished third in the Southwest Wake 4A.
“Coach Orbin did a great job for us,” said Andy Wheeler, the Holly Springs athletics director. “We were fortunate to have him lead our football program for two years. He did a tremendous job for us on and off the field.
“He has taken our program to another level and got us into the playoffs for the first time. We appreciate his leadership and we will build on the success from his time here.”
Orbin will remain at the school as physical education teacher.