Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cleveland Jackson named boys basketball coach at Olympic High School

Olympic athletics director Ken Konstanty told the Observer Thursday that the school has named Cleveland Jackson as its new boys basketball coach. Jackson was one of more than 80 applicants to apply for the job after Ty Baumgardner resigned to take a similar job in Georgia.

Baumgarder led the Trojans to a 30-0 record and a N.C. 4A state title in 2012-13. In 10 seasons, Baumgardnerwas 229-63. In the past four seasons, Olympic was 109-9.

Jackson’s son, C.J., was the leading scorer for Baumgardner’s 2013-14 team, which finished 23-5. C.J. Jackson is a senior who will graduate next month.

“Coach Jackson’s basketball history, passion for the game and commitment to improve the lives of young men makes him a perfect fit,” Konstanty said. “He has a complete understanding of our program and a desire to continue the family tradition that has become Olympic basketball.”

Jackson played college ball at Georgia, and played professionally in South America. He was an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey last season and was an assistant at Mercer for seven years before that. Jackson also coached in high school for four years, producing 15 college players.


Anonymous said...

Coaches in CMS are almost as big a joke as their non existant SALARY !

Anonymous said...

Glad to see someone with such great experience and passion for the game will be a Trojan!

Anonymous said...

I want to believe that since this is not on the professional level the payoff is making a positive impact on a student athletes life. If you are a real coach with the passion for the sport salary should not be the deciding factor! Think about that before you sign up for the program.

Anonymous said...

Salary is always a factor with any job. To think a person should not make that a deciding factor tells me several things, one you don't live in this economy and second money is not a factor in your everyday life. Coaches have family responsibilities and bills like the average working family man. Passion for the game determine career from job.