After five years at the helm of the Obion County football program, Shawn Jackson has resigned to seek other coaching opportunities.
Jackson told his team at a meeting Wednesday morning of his plans to leave the program.
“My focus is to go somewhere with a better tradition and infrastructure that is conducive to winning at the highest level,” Jackson said.
Under Jackson, the Rebels enjoyed success despite his 22-32 overall record in five years.
Despite going 0-10 in 2008 his first year on the job and 2-8 last season, Jackson led Obion County to three straight Class 4A playoff appearances from 2009-2011.
“Coaching at Obion County Central has been the most rewarding,” Jackson said. “We exceeded everyone’s expectations on and off the field.”
Jackson’s best season at Obion came in 2011, when they went 9-3 which tied the school record for wins and they also won a playoff game for only the second time in school history.
In 2009, Obion made the playoffs and beat Ripley in the first round before losing to Fairley in the second round and finished 6-5.
A year later they made the playoffs again this time finishing 5-6 after losing in the first round to Ripley.
Before coming to Obion County, Jackson was the Offensive Coordinator at Lindenwood University in St. Louis (MO).
He also had previous head coaching experience at Hayti (MO) high school in 2005 and was offensive coordinator at high schools in Arkansas and Missouri.
Spivey Steps Down At South Fulton, staying as Assistant Principal
Like Shawn Jackson, five years was enough for Kelly Spivey.
Spivey stepped down as head coach and will continue his duties as Assistant Principal at the school.
Spivey, 41, got off to a good start in South Fulton as the Red Devils went 6-4 in 2008, 6-6 in 2009 and 6-5 in 2010.
The Red Devils beat Gleason 34-6 in a Class 1Afirst round playoff game in 2009 before losing to state champion Union City in round two.
South Fulton lost in the first round to Huntingdon in the first round in 2010 and Spivey had a 25-29 record in his time at South Fulton.
“Being a head coach at South Fulton was a great privilege,” Spivey said. “I was allowed to
grow as a person and coach and any coach has the opportunity to impact kids in a positive way but being a head coach allowed me to pass on traits that I personally feel are important
such as integrity, character and what it means to become and act like a man.”
“I will always be grateful for Mr. David Huss giving me my first head
coaching position,” Spivey continued.
Spivey hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching but will be an assistant not the head man again.
“If I get back into coaching I would rather be a coordinator instead of the head coach,” Spivey said.
With South Fulton and Obion County now open they join Bartlett, Cordova, David Crockett, Humboldt, Hunters Lane, Knoxville Catholic, Knoxville Halls, Lebanon, Macon County, Ravenwood, Scotts Hill, Sequatchie County, Spring Hill, Union County and William Blount in the search for a new football coach.
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