Sheffield High School - Memphis, TN
Number of years coaching:4 years coaching Track and Cross Country
At a glance: Coach Marcus Jackson is described as more than a coach and a teacher, but as a father figure and friend. He always puts the need of his students before his own. Often purchasing uniforms out of pocket when students can’t afford them and preparing healthy meals for students who need to eat. As long as his track member or cross country members have the drive to succeed Coach Jackson is willing to do anything to support them on their journey to college and a promising future. This includes offering advice, helping with applications and looking into scholarship opportunities.
What piece of advice does Coach Jackson give an athlete having a bad day to inspire them?
I tell my athletes that “Sometimes you have to do some things you have never done before in order to some things you have never done before”
That basically means you have to push yourself in order to get results. If you never ran 60 miles in a week for practice to prepare for a XC meet, and you have never won a XC meet you should try out those 60 miles and that may lead you to victory.
What makes Coach Jackson Run Happy?
Running makes me Run Happy. Whether I’m running to stay healthy or clear my mine, trying to keep up with my athletes during practice, or training a friend, family member or student when I am educating someone about my sport it makes me happy.