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Eric Jackson named head football coach at Eisenhower High

Eric Jackson named head football coach at Eisenhower High
Posted on 02/02/2018

Eric JacksonEric Jackson was named the new head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at Eisenhower High School after serving as the Eagles' defensive coordinator for the last seven years.

Jackson succeeds former head coach Kerry Bamburg.

Jackson, a Baton Rogue native, brings 24 years of coaching experience to Eisenhower. He has served on the staffs at Hastings High School, Beaumont Central, Beaumont Ozen, Willowridge and Fort Bend Terry.

Jackson is a graduate of Nichols State where he played linebacker.

He said he is excited about his new position.

"I'm looking forward to it (the new job)," Jackson said. "This is a job I have wanted because I love this school, the staff and the community. I want to be the best coach I can be for these kids."

Jackson said the Eagles will run a spread offense featuring a two-back set and the 3-4 defense that will feature multiple fronts.

The 54-year-old said he and his staff will spend and the offseason and spring drills preaching discipline and character to their charges.

"I want us to be more disciplined and we will also be a team that has character," Jackson said. "I want us to always play with great effort. We want our kids to have pride and be loyal to their school and community."

Eisenhower returns seven offensive and seven defensive starters and Jackson is excited about the prospects for the upcoming season.

"This could be one of our better teams," he said. "We have a solid group of sophomores and juniors (who will be juniors and seniors heading into the 2018 season). This could be the two best groups we've had since I've been here."

Jackson said the transition from defensive coordinator to head coach has been a smooth one.

"I've been here seven years and the kids know me, so that's a big thing," he said.

Jackson and his wife Lisa have three children, Derrick, 19, Alexander, 27 and Davina, 28. When he isn't coaching, he and his wife like to travel.