Basketball Coach Jackson Honored For Career
Salem College’s basketball coach James Jackson was celebrated on January 26, 2009, for his longtime contributions to collegiate basketball in the Triad. The celebration was put together by teams that he has coached during his 25 years: Rutledge College, Forsyth Technical Community College and Salem.
The honor was announced during halftime of the Southern Virginia-Salem College game. A surprise reception honoring Jackson, held following the game, gave several of Jackson's former players the opportunity to speak about his leadership and positive mentoring of them as student-athletes.
Jackson, whose career had previously been spent in high-school coaching in South Carolina, began collegiate coaching during the 1983-84 season at Rutledge College (men) in Winston-Salem. He led Rutledge to the 1984 Carolina Independent Conference Championships in his first season. They were also runners-up the following year. Jackson also coached the men's basketball team at Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem.
Salem College hired Jackson as head basketball coach in 2005. After a 3-15 record in his first season, he turned around the program to a 16-8 season the following year. That team also won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division Three Independents Atlantic Region Championship. He was also named the AD3I Coach of the Year that year. He has compiled a 33-52 record while coaching at Salem. His wife, Jeanette, is the scorekeeper for all the Salem games.
Jackson was an all-conference basketball and baseball player at Dillon High School, and the co-captain of the Montreat-Anderson College basketball team.