Jackson hoping to earn respect in Larry Jordan’s first year

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Jackson High School

If it sounds weird to call Larry Jordan a first-year coach that is because he has been roaming the sidelines in southeast Ohio for most of the past four decades while collecting 568 wins. The legendary coach enters the upcoming season looking to rekindle a winning attitude in the Jackson basketball program.


If it sounds weird to call Larry Jordan a first-year coach that is because he has been roaming the sidelines in southeast Ohio for most of the past four decades while collecting 568 wins. The legendary coach enters the upcoming season looking to rekindle a winning attitude in the Jackson basketball program.

“The goal in this first year is to try and establish good fundamentals and to be competitive every night out,” said Jordan. “We want to earn respect through hard work. We may not always be able to measure our success on the scoreboard in this first year, but I definitely want to see us playing hard and competing in each game.”

Even though the legendary coach is still getting his feet wet at his new job, he is encouraged by what he sees in the beginning.

“It has been a little different for me,” said Jordan. “I think it could take some time, but I will say this: the administration, the kids, and the community seem really willing to work at having a good program.”

One positive building piece comes from the Jackson frontcourt. Junior Andrew Christman and sophomore Zach Miller are young, solid athletes who have good size and can score and rebound. This duo combines with a fine scorer in Morgan Dobbins and an outstanding rebounder in Dylan Newsom to give Jackson some different options in its scrimmage area offense. A year ago, Dobbins led the Ironmen in scoring while Newsom was one of the top rebounders.

This frontline will be complemented by an athletic backcourt. Josh Brown, Jackson’s quarterback in football, and Andrew Brown will join Kip Winchester at guard. As just a sophomore, Jordan will ask Winchester to run the show at the point.

The thing that makes posting wins for Jordan and Jackson a difficult task is the brutal league and solid non-league opponents that make up the Ironmen schedule.

The Southeast Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) contains last year’s Division-II state champion in Chillicothe, as well as, Ironton, Gallia, and Portsmouth. Jackson also plays Logan and Zanesville from the other side of the SEOAL, and will have non-league games with local rivals Vinton County and Wellston.

Jordan’s Jackson debut will come on Dec. 5 at Minford. The Ironmen will then travel to Chillicothe High School the next morning to face Southeastern – a school where Jordan collected 535 of his 568 career wins.

“The schedule is difficult, but we want to work hard and take on the challenge,” said Jordan. “The kids have given a great effort to this point. I am confident that we will continue to improve throughout the season.”

In the postseason, Jackson is a member of the Division-II sectional tournament. Capturing a sectional title is a difficult chore in a bracket that usually contains Chillicothe, Logan Elm, McClain, and several other solid southeast Ohio programs.

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