Pioneer women’s new head soccer coach Josh Jones has been around the game for several years. Being a former Pioneer himself and ending his soccer career in 2009, Jones has been able to establish a close relationship with Pioneer soccer.
Obtaining an assistant coaching job next to former head soccer coach Leta Gramlich, Jones has been a part of the program for the past three years.
After having Jones take over for a short period of time during maternity leave last year, Gramlich felt at ease handing the program over to Jones after accepting a teaching job up in Cuyahoga Falls this year.
Through his assistance, Jones has seen the team grow into what they are now and has installed a “one team, one family” motto.
“The one team, one family model came about because in the past years the team was more separated,” Jones said.“That can often alter a team’s success.”
Jones’s concept of “one team, one family” is to focus on team unity rather than individual success. He wants the team to grow as a family first, then progress as a team;creating unity.
“We honestly have already surpassed our expectations for this season,” Jones said. “We just want to play well and play our game.”
Under Jones’s coaching, the team has been able to pass its record from last year (1-14-1) and is looking to keep the improvement going.
“The team is more determined than last year,” Jones said.“So we have a good opportunity for success.”