East Wilkes hires new football coach

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
Wilmoth - File photo | The Mount Airy News

RONDA — East Wilkes High School has named Jonathan Wilmoth as the new Cardinals football coach. Wilmoth previously worked at Mount Airy High School, where he was a teacher, the co-athletic director and assistant football coach.

“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.”

While at Mount Airy, Wilmoth coached under Kelly Holder during the football season. Last season the Granite Bears made it to the 1AA State Championship where they fell to Tarboro, 32-7.

East Wilkes High School posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon announcing the decision.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Wilmoth to the Cardinal Family as our next head football coach and physical education teacher. Coach Wilmoth comes to East Wilkes from Mount Airy where he was the co-athletic director and assistant football coach. He has been a coach at Mount Airy since 2012 and was part of the Western Regional Championship team of 2017 as one of the key offensive assistants,” noted the post.

“During his time at Mount Airy, the Bears were a combined 66-16. Prior to his tenure at Mount Airy, he was an assistant under Monty Southern at Surry Central from 2005 to 2011. 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!”

Wilmoth replaces Coach Jasson “J.K.” Adkins who accepted the post of head football coach at Mount Airy High School in early May, replacing Holder who has stepped down from coaching to spend more time with his family.

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By Kristian Russell