Nathaniel Jones’ 2-year reign as head coach at Edna Karr came to an end on Monday.

Jones, a Karr alum, stepped down to pursue other career opportunities.

“I have always encouraged our kids to dream big and follow those dreams, and I admit that I have dreams as well,” Jones said in a written statement. “While I have enjoyed my time at Karr, I still have aspirations of coaching at the collegiate level. As such, I pursue those aspirations, I must recognize that it would be unfair to the players, parents and coaches for me to continue in the head coach position and interview for another job at the same time.”

Jones, a former college assistant coach at University of Texas-at San Antonio and Midwestern State in Texas, couldn’t be reached for comments.

He led the Cougars to the Class 4A state championship game in his first season, where they lost to East Jefferson. This past season, he guided Karr to the Class 4A quarterfinals where it fell to eventual state champion Neville. He went 20-6 in his two seasons.

Karr wasted little time finding a replacement.

Athletic Director Rock Weilbacher also announced in the statement offensive coordinator Brice Brown will be the new head coach.

Brown, a 2004 Karr grad, was a former player at Grambling.

Brown’s commitment to the Karr community, his willingness to help, his participation at Karr events has made him a dyed-in-wool purple and gold Cougar,” Weilbacher said. “He is truly second to none when it comes to delivering on the Karr Pride promise of building better men daily.”

Brown becomes just the fourth coach in Karr history, following Don Wattigny, Jabbar Juluke and Jones.