Special to The Sentinel-Echo
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
South Laurel High School principal Harmon Hodge and athletic director Ryan Nolan have announced Hunter Jackson as the new football coach to lead the Cardinals. Coach Jackson attended Eastern Kentucky University, graduated Columbus State University and received his MA at Troy University. For the last eight years he has coached at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia. During his tenure there he saw 30 players go on to play at the next level including three who are now in the NFL.
“We are excited to have a teacher and coach of the caliber of Hunter Jackson,” South Laurel principal Harmon Hodge said. “Coach Jackson’s philosophy matches that of our academic and athletic program. He expects his players to be strong academically and models this through his teaching. I expect the South Laurel football program to prosper under his tutelage.”
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at South Laurel,” Coach Jackson said. “Dr. Bennett, Mr. Leger, Mr. Hodge and Mr. Nolan have been extremely supportive. It’s a good feeling to know I will be working with people who want South Laurel to be successful on the field, and more importantly, off the field in the classroom and community.”
Coach Jackson will officially take the reins on July 1, but he already has plans to meet with the team as soon as possible.
“We will hit the ground running to be in a position to be successful,” Jackson said. “I want them to know we are going to compete in everything we do. My plan for this team is to stress discipline, character and accountability and to put a team on the field that plays from the opening kickoff to the final snap.“
“Coach Jackson is a great fit for not only our football program but also for our athletic department,” Nolan said. “His philosophy on discipline, character development, and accountability correlate directly with what we desire. Coach Jackson will be a coach others can work with and for whom our kids will want to play. I am excited about the future of South Laurel Football.”
Coach Jackson is married to his college sweetheart and they have four children. He and his family will transition to Laurel County in the near future.