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Georgetown College men's basketball coach Chris Briggs rounds out his staff with the hire of James Jackson. The trio of Briggs, Andre Mahorn and Jackson hit the ground running with classes under way, getting the Tigers ready for the 2011-12 season.
"It's been a frantic time," Jackson said with a smile. "But I'm extremely happy to be here."
Jackson's resume includes two seasons on the sidelines at Kentucky Wesleyan, two seasons under Coach Rick Pitino at University of Louisville and two years as a student-assistant for Berea College.
"I feel it was the best hire I could have made," Briggs said. "His experience, work ethic and passion for the game speaks for itself. I have tremendous respect for James. He's a great friend, great coach and a great person - a true role model for our athletes."
Interestingly enough, Jackson thought for most of his life he would be working in another court - the court of law.
"I didn't want to be a basketball coach until my junior year of college," Jackson said. "I always wanted to be a lawyer. But, I started helping coach John Mills and knew it was what I wanted to do."
He loved his time under coach Pitino as well and even coached against the Tigers in an exhibition game. When an assistant position became available at Division II power KWU, it was an opportunity he could not pass up and he felt the same way about coming to Georgetown.
"Chris is a good friend. I wanted to help him out, and I've always wanted to work at Georgetown," Jackson said.
Over the past two seasons, he says he has learned a lot about the Xs and Os of the game from coach Todd Lee and that working for coach Pitino was intense every day, but extremely fun.
He won a Class A State title during his four years at University Heights, as well as being a soccer standout. Jackson then went to Berea to play soccer, but after two seasons went back to basketball.
"He has had some great experiences working for Coach Pitino and Coach Lee," Briggs said. "He comes from a great basketball family, and I have tremendous respect for him and his father, Jeff Jackson."
Georgetown tips off the season 7 pm Oct. 27 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym against Temple Baptist College.
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