The Akron Public Schools has hired Yontami Jones to coach the Kenmore-Garfield girls basketball team.

Jones is a familiar face and voice for the Kenmore students who have moved to the merged high school that includes Garfield students.

Jones served as a girls basketball coach at Kenmore from 1994-2016. She was the head varsity coach since the 2001-2002 season. The 2007-2008 team won a Division I district championship and played in the regional.

“You know I love Kenmore, but I will adapt,” Jones said. “We have been doing OK this summer. I have several young girls. The program wasn’t that strong [at Garfield], but these girls are coming over and they’re working hard and they are trying to understand things. … We are working with what we have and we are bonding as a team. I am excited about this opportunity.”

Jones graduated from Kenmore in 1989 with four letters apiece in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She played on a Division I district finalist girls basketball team as a junior in 1987-1988, and was a Division I state qualifier in 1988 in the shot put.

Jones then played basketball at the University of Akron where she earned bachelor and masters degrees. She has 22½ years of teaching experience in APS, and has been teaching at Kenmore since 1997.

Under Jones’ watch, Kenmore won nine City Series titles between 2004 and 2016 and 11 sectional crowns between 2005 and 2015.

“We are excited that Yontami is returning as a head girls basketball coach in APS, now at Kenmore-Garfield,” said Joe Vassalotti, the APS athletic director. “She relates really well with the players. She consistently builds positive relationships with her players and will work tirelessly to infuse the program with competitiveness and enthusiasm.”

Vassalotti said the other five girls basketball coaches will return this upcoming season — Brian Neugebauer at Buchtel, Theresa Clere at Firestone, Shermaine Meadows at North, Darryl Anderson Sr. at East and Tina Wallace at Ellet.

Adolph update

Nate Adolph, a 2017 Archbishop Hoban graduate, is attending John Carroll University and playing football for the Blue Streaks.

Adolph transferred to Hoban during his junior year after attending Tallmadge. He contributed as a linebacker on Hoban’s 2016 team that won the Division III state championship.

Michael Beaven can be reached at mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com.