DAVE JONES has taken over as varsity volleyball coach for the Edgewood Warriors.

GENEVA — On Tuesday evening, Dave Jones attended the Edgewood-Harvey volleyball match. By the time he walked out of it, he was the new head coach of the Warriors.

Jones, who had been coaching the Braden Junior High eighth-grade team to that point, had just one practice Wednesday afternoon to set in motion taking over the controls of the Edgewood varsity after Jim Sanchez left the job Tuesday night.

Asked whether Sanchez had been replaced or removed from the job, Edgewood athletic director Dave Melaragno and Jones declined comment.

Sanchez had took over for Dave Fowler, who resigned after 16 seasons at the helm. Sanchez had led Edgewood to a 3-6 start (2-2 in the NEC) before Thursday’s match at Geneva.

Armed with his new job, Jones took a no-nonsense approach to his first day in that capacity.

“All I did was just stick with what they had been doing,” he said. “This is no time to be changing anything.

“I just wanted to put some fun back into the game for the girls. I think they were open-minded and ready to play.”

It is unlikely Jones will be making many changes the rest of the season, especially the remainder of this week, with the Warriors scheduled to play three matches Saturday in the Perry Invitational.

“Monday’s the first day we’re really going to get to work on things in practice,” he said. “After Saturday, we don’t play again until Thursday, so that should give us some time to work on things. But I don’t expect to change much even then.

“I just want the girls to keep up the intensity and continue to have fun. We’re ready to move on.”

Thursday night’s effort, despite a 25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22 loss to Geneva, was deemed a success by Jones.

“The girls played hard tonight,” he said. “I was excited about how they played. I think we were successful in putting the fun into the game.”

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