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It's been said countless times before.

You don't want be the guy who follows the guy.

However, new West York football coach Jeremy Jones doesn't seem to mind. In a way, Jones isn't so much replacing the highly successful Ron Miller as he is trying to "keep everything running smoothly."

Jones was on Miller's staff starting in 2008, the year the Bulldogs captured the District 3 Class AAA title — the first and only York-Adams team to win district gold in AAA or AAAA.

In 2013, Jones left the Bulldogs' coaching staff, but not the school's faculty, to take the head coaching job at York Suburban. Jones went 9-11 in his two seasons with the Trojans.

Miller resigned at West York in December, having amassed an 86-25 record in nine seasons, winning or sharing seven Division II titles and capturing district gold in 2008.

"There's expectations that go along with it," Jones said of taking on the task of filling Miller's shoes during York-Adams Media Day on Monday. "And expectations are fun. It's what you do with them, if you crack under it or not."

Jones is drawing off his previous experience with the Bulldogs' program to ease his transition into the role of its leader.

He plans on keeping many of the offensive and defensive schemes and terminology implemented by Miller, rather than opting for a total system overhaul that sometimes accompanies a coaching change.

"I think there's a familiarity with keeping the same terminology, I think that kind of diffuses some of those challenges of coming in new," he said.

Jones has also been maintaining contact with Miller, sometimes to seek advice in his new endeavor and other times to just chat casually about their lives.

"I approached him when I first got the job, and I asked about some of the kids that are coming up," Jones said. "When I left a couple years ago, they were just freshmen. Asked about character, what guys are leaders, we talk all the time."

Another degree of familiarity for Jones comes in the form of being able to again teach some of the kids he coaches. Jones maintained his health and physical education faculty post at West York throughout his tenure coaching the Trojans.

"I get to be in the building with the kids, that's big," Jones said.