After reviewing dozens of candidates, we found a person described as: student centered, an academics first kind of guy, the kind of person they would want coaching their kids, focused on what’s best for students, motivational, and inspiring.
The first head coach of Lebanon Trail High School is Mr. Sadd Jackson, from Manor High School. Coach Jackson was the Salutatorian for Manor as well.
Coach Jackson and I crossed paths five years ago, when I was the Principal of Hendrickson and he was the head coach at Manor High School. After arriving in Manor, he turned around a losing team to become 5A State Semi-Finalists. On the last game of the season, Coach Jackson’s Mustangs beat our district champ Hawks on a last second touchdown that still gives me heartburn:
Q & A with Coach Jackson
What made you want to join Frisco ISD?
This is one of the best opportunities just about anywhere in the State of Texas. The academics available in the school district, the resources amongst all the schools, you see it’s an up and coming community. I have an opportunity to help put a stamp on history in a school system, it’s a pretty special thing.
What’s important to you as a campus coordinator? What are your most important values?
I want to help kids get a quality education towards their future. As educators, we are here to prepare kids for the world that waiting for them beyond their high school days. That’s our job to help supplement what parents are doing at home through school.
As you leave Central Texas, what are the memories you are most proud of from Manor High School?
Inheriting a team that won four football games in 3 years and watching the program grow. Seeing the girls program improve over the years were highlights for me. Of course, taking our football program to the State Semi-Finals was pretty special. Personally, seeing our students graduate is most important. Seeing kids finish the course is special for me.
How will Lebanon Trail Athletics be different than any other high school?
Everything we do is going to be part of our own tradition, including the chants, sayings, and camaraderie. That first wave of kids is going to be special because they will start the tradition. It is a great situation to be part of, because they are making history. Those students are always going to be able to say, “I helped create that.” We are going to do something different that makes our school be unique for the right reasons. I look forward to collaborating with the administration and faculty to help that happen.
What do you think parents and students can expect from your coaching staff?
Our coaching staff is going to know more about students than what they do on the playing field. The coaches I look for are the kind of people that go the extra mile and get to know our students personally. Our students will have great relationships with their coaches. We are dealing with the lives of students and we need to do more than just worry about what they do on the field. We need to help students achieve their goals in life.
Parents can expect us to be honest and forthright. Their kids will get the best of us. It is imperative that parents have trust in us so they know we will help their kids do their best.
I’m elated and excited about this opportunity. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something special. I’m so thankful and grateful.