Dave Jones knew when he accepted an offer to teach in Boyertown, a request to help out with the wrestling team would not be far behind.
So he and his wife, Holly, discussed that possibility and decided that's what they wanted to do.
After spending three years as coach at Boyertown Junior High West and last season as a volunteer assistant at the high school, Jones has taken over the varsity head coaching job after Pete Ventresca stepped down at the end of last season.
"I always knew I wanted to be a teacher," said Jones, who teaches physical education at the high school. "When the job came up as far as being a teacher in Boyertown, I knew Pete would be on me as far as coaching wrestling. This is something I've wanted to do."
Jones is a 2007 Boyertown graduate who went 102-44 during his high school career. In his senior season, he compiled a 43-6 record, won sectional and district titles, and finished second in regionals to qualify for the PIAA Tournament.
He was a four-year varsity wrestler at Messiah College where he went 78-45 and was a two-time co-captain and three-time all-conference selection. He graduated from Messiah in 2011 and went on to earn a master's degree in education.
He was officially approved by the school board in the spring.
"Dave is one of those guys who puts the kids and the program first," said Boyertown athletic director Nick Palladino. "He's an honorable and respectful person. I wouldn't want anybody else for the job."
Jones becomes the program's seventh head coach.
Ventresca went 231-74 in 12 seasons, including numerous conference, district and regional championships. In 2016, the Bears finished second in the PIAA Class 3A Duals Tournament, and Ventresca was named the Pennsylvania Class 3A Coach of the Year.
Ten seniors graduated from last year's 21-5 team, including five state qualifiers. Six regulars return, including Jones' younger brother, Elijah, who placed fifth in the state.
"We have an excellent program, a great system and wonderful people, K-12," said Dave Jones. "We have an excellent alumni group that gives back to our program and excellent parents.
"We're like a family, all the people who have an impact on the wrestlers, and I want to be part of that. I want to help each wrestler in the room be the best they can be."