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.”
Sad to hear this afternoon of the passing of @LBJSports head football coach Andrew Jackson after a battle with cancer. He wasn't feeling well the day of our playoff game w / LBJ a few weeks ago, but was on the sideline that night. A good man who will be missed. #txhsfb
— DS Tiger Radio (@DSTigerRadio) December 12, 2017
The McCallum Football Family @mac_knights sends their thoughts and prayers to our brothers @LBJSports. Coach Jackson was a great man and AISD lost a Champion. His Legacy will live on through all the lives he changed! God bless Coach Jackson and the Jag Nation!
— McCallum Football (@mac_knights) December 13, 2017
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