Celebrating Coach Jackson
January 26, 2009
Winston-Salem, NC- Coach James Jackson was celebrated at halftime of Saturday's Southern Virginia basketball game for his 25 years of collegiate basketball coaching. Jackson was honored by his former team's Rutledge College, Forsyth Technical Community College, and Salem. A reception honoring Jackson was also held following the game. Several of Jackson's former players spoke about his leadership and positive mentoring of them as student-athletes.
Jackson 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 spend time coaching at the men's basketball team at Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem.
Salem 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. Jackson has compiled a 33-52 record at Salem.
Prior to his collegiate coaching, Jackson spent time coacing at three South Carolina High Schools: First Baptist, Fort Johnson, and James Island. He was an all-conference basketball and baseball player at Dillon High School, and the co-captain of the Montreat-Anderson College basketball team. Jackson's wife, Jeanette, is the scorekeeper for Salem's basketball games.