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Via GCISD news release:
The GCISD Board of Trustees has named Randy A. Jackson as the head football coach of Grapevine High School. Jackson comes to GCISD with 24 years of education experience; 14 of those years he has served as a head coach, most recently at Plano East High School in Plano ISD.
“We are delighted to welcome Coach Jackson to the Mustang family,” said Shannon Tovar, Grapevine HS principal. “His proven excellence in coaching and history of inspiring those around him will energize all aspects of our program.”
The search for a new head football coach began in February when Dave Henigan accepted a head coaching position at Ryan High School in Denton ISD.
“Randy brings a new perspective to GCISD,” said Phil Blue, GCISD executive director of athletics. “With the recent UIL realignment, our teams will find themselves on a new platform of athletics next year. I am confident that Randy will seek out the strengths of our Mustangs and help them achieve their highest potential and beyond this season, and in future seasons.”
Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeast Louisiana University (now Louisiana-Monroe). Prior to his role at Plano East, Jackson served as head football coach at Mesquite Poteet High School for three years, and head football coach at Lone Oak High School for six years. Before taking on a head football coach position, Jackson worked as a teacher and coach at Grapevine High School, DeKalb High School, Mason High School and Paducah High School.
In Jackson’s 14 years as a head football coach, he has seen 119 wins against 51 losses. In 2010, Jackson earned five coach of the year awards from various organizations: Texas Sportswriters, Dallas Morning News, National Football Federation, The Old Coach website and District 15AAAA.
In 2010, Jackson took Poteet High School from its 18-game losing streak the previous season to a finishing record of 12-3. The team became statewide news as one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of Texas high school football.
Jackson also was named 13A Coach of the Year in 2008, District 9A Coach of the Year in 2000 and The Lubbock Avalanche Journal 1A Coach of the Year in 1999. He will officially join GCISD in his new role at Grapevine High School this week.
“I’m honored to join the Grapevine High School Mustang tradition,” Jackson said. ” We will have a very well run program, and the kids will love it. We’ll play with class and honor Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.”
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