Mill Creek's Jones notches 500 wins

Posted 3/17/2022

Mill Creek's Doug Jones, right, won his 500th career game Thursday, March 17. (Special Photo: Gwinnett Daily Post)

 

500 Career Wins

Doug Jones really didn't want to talk about it.

And he preferred the attention be on how well his Mill Creek Hawks played in a 4-1 victory over Brookwood Thursday night in the first game of a non-region doubleheader between the two Gwinnett County rivals.

But Jones couldn't hide from this one.

It was a special one.

With the victory, the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame coach became the 38th in state history to reach 500 career coaching victories. He joined Marist's Mike Strickland as the second coach this week to reach the coaching milestone.

In a game postponed from Wednesday, Sahil Patel tossed six innings and allowed just a run on two hits before yielding to Joe Martin who pitched a scoreless seventh. Patel struck out nine to earn the victory. Matthew Simay smacked a homer, Chandler Klein had triple and Jacques Walker finished with two RBIs to pace the offense.

To make it even better for Jones was his Hawks won the second game 4-1 as well, giving him his 501st career victory. His career record stands at 501-256.

He is the only head baseball coach Mill Creek has known, taking over when it opened in 2004. He may have never won a state title in his career, but he has left a positive stamp on prep baseball in Gwinnett County.

After graduating from Parkview High, he played collegiately at Mercer before receiving his first job offer as assistant football and head baseball coach at Jackson County where he spent one season before moving over to Parkview.

He was a football assistant and he coached under legedary Parkview baseball coach Hugh Buchanan.

Jones left Parkview after seven seasons and became the head baseball coach at Brookwood High School in the fall of 1998. His best Broncos team was in 1999 when Brookwood finished as the state runner-up to nationally-ranked Lassiter in the state's highest classification. He stayed at Brookwood until 2004 when Mill Creek opened.

He has helped guide three teams to appearances in the state semifinals. He took Mill Creek to the Class 7A state championship series in 2018.