AUSTIN — The Texas high school football coaching club lost a great one in Andrew Jackson at the age of 50.

Jackson, the coach at Austin LBJ since 2013, compiled a 39-20 record with the team. The school announced his passing Tuesday night, after his battle with esophageal cancer. He finished his career with a 130-93-1 record in 19 years coaching.

Jackson began coaching in 1996 with Austin Reagan. He spent six years with Reagan before coaching at Lancaster until 2010. The coach spent most of this year coaching from the press box as Jahmal Fenner took on most of the head coaching duties.

McCallum coach Charles Taylor has said Jackson was one of his mentors. He added that the Austin and coaching community as a whole has lost one of the greats.

“I kind of looked at him [Jackson] a little bit to get some guidance,” Taylor said. “Anytime, as long as we weren’t playing each other, i could call and ask questions. He’s been big for this community and for Austin. He’s been a role model for coaches around here to look up to, they’re losing a big icon here in Austin.”

 

 

Gerald Tracy is an assistant editor of Texas football for TexasHSFootball, covering prep football in the San Antonio region. Follow him on Twitter, @GTracySports, and read more of his content here.

 

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