Statewide coaching changes

Oakland DC Stephen Jackson returning to alma mater Gordonsville as head coach

Stephen Jackson is going home.

Jackson, a 2003 Gordonsville High graduate, has been named the head football coach at his alma mater.

“I’m excited about being able to come home to a place I know really well and to continue the success the program has had,” Jackson said.

Jackson takes over for Scott Clemons, who led the Tigers to a 34-16 overall record during his tenure at Gordonsville, which included four Class 1A playoff appearances.

The Tigers finished 11-2 in 2021 and lost to eventual Class 1A state champion South Pittsburg in the quarterfinals.

Clemons will be an assistant coach for Jackson and serve as the assistant principal at Gordonsville Elementary School.

Jackson, 37, was the defensive coordinator at Oakland for the last seven seasons. Alongside head coach Kevin Creasy, he helped the Patriots win Class 6A state titles in 2018, 2020 and 2021.

Oakland enters the 2022 season on a 30-game win streak, the longest current streak in the state.

Jackson was also a defensive assistant at Trousdale County for five years (2010-14) and was on staff when the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 2013.

Currently 22 schools in Antioch, Baylor, Chattanooga Christian, Columbia Academy, Columbia, East Robertson, FRA, Glencliff, Heritage, Hillcrest, Kenwood, Lakeway Christian, Liberty Creek, Melrose, Montgomery Central, Northeast, Soddy Daisy, South Doyle, South Pittsburg, Tellico Plains, Wartburg and White Station are in the market for a head coach.

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