McCracken Football Coach Shawn Jackson Resigns
By Eric Chumbler
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - McCracken County head football coach Shawn Jackson has resigned from his position to become an offensive coordinator at Camden County High School in Georgia.

Jackson was 17-7 in his two seasons at McCracken County. Jackson led the Mustangs to the KHSAA Class 6A Regional Championship game in 2015 before falling to Central Hardin, 10-7.

"I'm excited because I never thought I would get the opportunity I'm getting now, but on the other end of it, I'm very sad," Jackson said. "I'm getting to be the offensive coordinator for my lifelong mentor at a powerhouse school in Georgia, but I truly loved my players here,"

Jackson is joining his "coaching mentor" Bob Sphire, who was just hired as head football coach of Camden County High School in Georgia.

Camden County is a Class 7A school in Kingsland, Georgia. On top of coaching alongside a mentor, Jackson also noted the location of the school as being a positive with a current family situation.

"There's a great children's hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and my son is going to need more surgery and that national children's hospital will be just 30 minutes away," Jackson said. "It makes that rough situation a little bit easier for us coming up."

Jackson praised the leadership at McCracken County and the head football coaching position at McCracken.

"You're not going to coach better kids than we have here at McCracken County," Jackson said. "Not only that, you can't beat the support that (principal) Michael Ceglinski and (athletic director) Kris Garrett give you. It's one of the best jobs in Kentucky with two of the best leaders in Kentucky."

Jackson said he's staying in his current position at McCracken County through March 1 because he wants to work on getting his players recruited at the next level.

"I love these kids and I'm going to work for the next little while getting them scholarships in college," Jackson said. "Camden County was completely fine with me staying until then and helping the kids get to the next level."

McCracken County Activities Director Kris Garrett was very appreciative of Coach Jackson and his time at McCracken.

"I appreciate what Coach Jackson has done for our program in his two years at McCracken," Garrett said. "Coach Jackson brought high school and college recruiting experience and our kids received benefits from being in front of so many college coaches."

Garrett noted that the McCracken County coaching job has already received initial interest from a few candidates and that they are looking to move efficiently in finding a replacement.

"The open position will be posted tomorrow and we will work to have a head coach in place by March 1, well before spring football."


Eric Chumbler is the Voice of the McCracken County Mustangs on 99.5FM The Fan. You can listen to all McCracken County football, basketball, baseball, and softball games on The Fan.

Published 02:14 PM, Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017
Updated 09:04 PM, Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017

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