LUBBOCK — After spending the past two years in the Metroplex, ex-Sweetwater head football coach Kent Jackson has returned to his West Texas roots and a team known as the Mustangs.
Jackson, who coached at Sweetwater from 2001 through 2008 before taking a similar position at Frisco Heritage, was hired on Thursday as head coach at Class 5A Lubbock Coronado.
Jackson, who was 78-26 at Sweetwater, replaces Butch Henderson, who had been at Coronado for 23 years. However, Henderson was relieved of his duties in November after the team went 3-7 and had only a fifth-place finish in District 2-5A.
Jackson has a career record of 126-63-1 in 16 seasons dating back to 1987 when he was head coach at Roby. He was an assistant football and head track coach at Odessa High from 1988 to 1995 and during that time led the Broncos’ track squad to a Class 5A state championship, then went to Class 2A Olney where as head football coach he led the school to playof appearances in his last three seasons.
At Sweetwater, Jack-son guided the Mustangs to the playoffs in all eight years as head coach before going to Frisco Heritage in January 2009.
The Class 3A school was brand new when Jackson was hired and didn’t play a varsity schedule until this past year after fielding a JV squad in 2009.
Jackson’s hiring coincided with naming Jason Strunk as head coach at Lubbock High. The two came from a pool of 200 applicants, 110 for the Lubbock High job and 90 for the Coronado position, according to Lubbock ISD athletic director Mark Bell. Jackson was one of two finalists, and he was hired after an LISD board meeting Thursday.