by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Kim Nesbitt Jones, assistant coach with the Barton College softball team for many years, is stepping down due to family reasons.
Jones, a native of Canada, was an outstanding pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs who earned Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference First-Team All-Conference honors in 2000. Her experience at BC influenced younger sisters Amy and Jordan to also attend Barton and play softball.
After her playing career, she remained in Wilson and continued her relationship with Barton's softball program on a part-time basis, serving two separate stints as the squad's pitching coach.
"Kim couldn't have been a better assistant for me," Barton head coach Sheryl Neff said. "She was extremely supportive, and we've become very good friends. The kids really liked her. She was a great person to be around and a great role-model. We'll miss that in her, but we definitely support what she wants to do in spending more time with her family. We just appreciate everything she's given to our program over the years. Her contributions to the program will definitely be missed."
Jones has also worked full-time coaching and teaching in the area. Among those roles were serving as an assistant coach at Louisburg College and as head coach at Greene Central High School, where she was named Coach of the Year in 2008.
She is currently serving as a teacher at Snow Hill Elementary School. She is married to Glenn Jones, who teaches and coaches at Fike High School, and they have two children.
"My decision has nothing to do with softball. I just need to spend more time with my children," Jones said. "I still plan to be active with the team when I can and I will still help Coach Neff any time she needs it. My heart is still with my Barton College."