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‘Dream come true’ for new Dayton Public Schools AD

Victoria Jones is the head coach of the Sinclair Community College’s women’s basketball team. Jones also works with inmates taking college courses at the Dayton Correctional Institution. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Victoria Jones is the head coach of the Sinclair Community College’s women’s basketball team. Jones also works with inmates taking college courses at the Dayton Correctional Institution. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Patterson graduate Victoria Jones returns to her hometown

Victoria Jones has done it all.

Jones still shares the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball record for single-game 3-point accuracy. She made 6 of 6 3-pointers on Nov. 25, 2000. She was the head basketball coach at Cincinnati State in 2001 and then spent five seasons as an assistant at Murray State and one year as the head coach at Division III Eureka college.

Jones coached Sinclair Community College from 2014-18 and, at the same time, worked as site supervisor for Sinclair’s educational program at the Dayton Correctional Institution.

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For the last two years, Jones worked as the athletic director at Euclid High School, but this week, she found out she’s returning home to Dayton. She was hired as the new athletic director at Dayton Public Schools. Her hiring was approved Tuesday at the school board meeting.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Jones, a 1997 Patterson High School graduate. “I have worked a lot of places, different positions. It’s just good to finally serve the community in this capacity.”

DPS school board president Mohamed Al-Hamdani said bringing Jones back to Dayton is a step in the right direction for the athletic department.

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"After this gets approved," he said before the vote, "my hope is for the athletic department to take off, especially when we're bringing someone like (Jones) back to our district."

Jones will start the job in a challenging environment created by the coronavirus pandemic The Ohio High School Athletic Association allowed students to return to on-campus workouts on June 1 and then permitted full-contact sports to conduct intrasquad scrimmages starting June 22.

While schools have moved into phase two of the return-to-play plan and many coaches have expressed optimism about fall sports starting on time, there’s still much uncertainty.

“I’m hopeful that we have (fall sports),” Jones said, “but I would say everybody wants to do what’s best for the safety of the student-athletes and even the coaches and administrators. We go home to our families as well. I think I’m just going to lean on the leadership of our district and also the recommendations.”

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Jones replaces Shawna Welch, who is now the principal at Edwin Joel Brown Middle School in Dayton. Welch was hired in the summer of 2018 after working as a principal in the previous 11 years.

Jones said she’s always preparing for the next step in her career and had quietly hoped she could come back home after two years in northern Ohio.

“This is just a great opportunity,” Jones said, “and I am very grateful to have been selected to lead in this area.”