James Jackson


2013 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee

Category: Coaching

Mother: Lucinda Jackson
Father: John Jackson
Wife: Helen Jackson
Son: Curtis J. Armand
Grandson: Lucas Jackson
Granddaughter: Marley Armand

James Jackson graduated from Broad Street High School in Greenwood, Mississippi. He got his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University and di his graduate work at Mississippi State University and Wayne State University. James’s coaching experience includes football and track and field. He coached both football and track and field (boys and girls) at Threadhill High School in Mississippi for five years.

James started his coaching career at Flint Southwestern Academy in 1972 where he coached both footbal and track and field. James is currently the head coach of the girls track team at Flint Southwestern Academy. He retired from teaching in 2006 giving him full time to coach. Champsionships under Coach Jackson include City championships (boys track four times and girls track 16 times); Saginaw Valley championships (boys track three times and girls track four times); regional championships (boys track five times and girls track five times).

James won State championships in boys track in 1975 and 1977; runner up in 1976 and 1978. His team has finished in the Top 10 ten times. In girls track his team has finished in the Top 10 eight times. Best team finishes were 5th in 2009, 6th in 2010 and third in 2011.

Some of James’s coaching awards and honors include Saginaw Valley Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011; Genesee County’s Bill Perry Coaches Award (Coach of the Year) in 2005, 2008 and 2011; MHSSA’s Coach of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2011; MHSSA Coach of the Year finalist in 2009; MHSSA Football Official 20 Year Award in 2011; and Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (Flint Southwestern Colts 1976 Football Team).