A coach with a “very good basketball pedigree” has been hired to lead the boys’ basketball program at Lansing High School.

Jason Jones was announced as the new boys’ varsity basketball head coach Monday night at the Lansing Board of Education meeting.

“Jason has a very good basketball pedigree,” said Gary Mattingly, athletic director at Lansing. “We were looking for someone with a high basketball knowledge.”

Jones comes to Lansing from Highland Park High School in Topeka.

He has been coaching for 18 years, 16 years as a varsity head coach.

“I’m humbled and excited about the opportunity to come to Lansing,” Jones said.

Jones played high school basketball in Colorado and at the next level at Sterling College in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Jones said defense and rebounding “come first.”

“Defense and rebounding give you a chance to win games,” he said.

He said his offensive philosophy is dictated by the skills and abilities of the players.

“We want to put our players in the best position to win,” Jones said.

Jones said his best season was two years ago when he coached Highland Park deep into the postseason. The team was ultimately defeated in the semifinals of the state tournament.

He said that during his head coaching career, approximately 25 of his former players advanced to play at some level collegiately.

Jones said that he is in the process of building his coaching staff.

He said he will meet the Lansing basketball players on Thursday for the first time.

He said basketball operations will begin soon. He said Lansing’s summer basketball workouts and camps begin May 29.