Jackson accepts Lady Eagle hoop challenge

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By Bobby Brockman

Cameron Jackson interviewed, investigated and now has been tabbed as the new head girls' basketball coach at Campbellsville High school.

"I'm honored and blessed to be part of Campbellsville and excited to be the head girls' coach at Campbellsvile High School," Jackson said on Thursday night in a press conference in the CHS library.

"I did my research and I feel like this is a great community and I wanted to take the challenge," said Jackson, who played his early years at West Jessamine under current Marion County coach Tim Peterson.

Campbellsville High School principal Mike Deaton was impressed with Jackson from the get-go.

"I'm impressed with his character and knowledge of the game," Deaton said. "I think he'll put his footprint on the program.

"We've had a very successful sports year and we wanted somebody who would be committed to our girls' program.

"I feel like now we have a coaching staff as good as anyone in the area. We have good people who are committed and want to be here."

Deaton said he has recommended that former CHS player and former Spencer County head girls' coach Richard Dooley, who has already been hired by the system as a high school chemistry teacher, be Jackson's assistant and junior varsity coach with Kathy Slone as the freshman coach.

Deaton said there were a dozen applicants and that list was narrowed to three after the first round of interviews.

"They saw something in our program they liked."

The 23-year-old Jackson is the all-time leading scorer at West Jessamine High School.

He played at Kentucky State where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in special education.

This past season he was boys' freshman coach at Lexington's Paul Dunbar.

"Offensively, I'll stress ball movement and making good passes. We want to advance the ball and get the best shot," Jackson said. "Defensively, we want to stop penetration.

"The feeder system has to be intact," Jackson said of how to wants to build on the numbers involved in the program. "I want to start a reading program where our players work the kids at the elementary school.

"And, there'll be more ideas I'll come up with."

Jackson replaces Mike Sneed, who was not rehired after one year in the system, and becomes the 10th head coach in the Lady Eagles' 34-year hoop history.