Dave Jones named head wrestling coach at Boyertown

Dave Jones, right, will be following Pete Ventresca, left, as head wrestling coach at Boyertown.

BOYERTOWN – Boyertown’s wrestling program has a new leader, and it’s a familiar face.

Dave Jones, a three-time regional qualifier (placed second in 2007) and state qualifier during a sterling mat career that produced a 102-44 career record for the Bears, has been officially approved by the Boyertown Area School Board as the new head coach.

“Dave has been involved in the program for years as an athlete and coach,” said Boyertown athletic director Nick Palladino. “He has the background and knowledge to help us maintain our high level of performance.”

Jones will have big shoes to fill in the departed Pete Ventresca, who stepped down after 12 seasons to spend more time with his family. Ventresca was 231-74 overall with a PAC record of 89-12, producing four District Duals titles, six section/league crowns, seven district titles and three regional championships.

Ventresca guided the Bears to a runner-up finish in the 2016 PIAA Class AAA  Duals, and was named the PIAA Class AAA Coach of the Year during that season. All told, Boyertown has had 51 state qualifiers and 23 state medalists, including 2015 PIAA champion Jordan Wood, under Ventresca, who has also helped produce 15 regional champs, 49 district champs and 51 section/league champs.

Currently a health and physical education teacher at Boyertown, Jones was the head coach at Boyertown West for three seasons before serving on Ventresca’s staff this past season.

A two-year captain of the wrestling team at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Jones was a four-year starter at 165 and 174 pounds with a career record of 78-45 that included three all-conference berths.

Jones and wife Holly have one son, Levi, with a second child due later this month. Jones will be coaching his younger brother and rising senior, Elijah Jones, who claimed a fifth-place state medal on the heels of a regional crown this past season. Elijah Jones was also a state qualifier (DNP) his sophomore season and owns an 89-40 career mark.