Sep 26, 2012
Former Notre Dame Player Retires To Coach

News-Sentinel

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Tory Jackson could have made the usual transition to coach, maybe pursuing a graduate assistant’s job at his alma mater Notre Dame. Instead, he listened to his heart.

Jackson, who played point guard for the NBA D-League’s Mad Ants last season, took a job Monday that presents some major challenges: boys basketball coach at Buena Vista High School in Saginaw, Mich.

It’s Jackson’s high school, and the need there is for more than someone to teach the intricacies of a matchup zone.

“It came to the point where there is so much going on in my city, it hurts me, Jackson said. It hurt me to see kids killing each other and having nobody to look up to, no mentors, nobody actually taking the time with them.”

Jackson is only 24. He had the option to keep chasing his professional dream, returning to the Mad Ants or traveling overseas to play. He averaged seven points and three assists per game last season.

But he kept thinking back to the lessons and examples of his late mother, Sarah, who could walk into Buena Vista and immediately garner students’ attention and respect.

“They would look at her like she was the principal, that’s how dominant she was, Jackson said. I feel like I’ll have the respect of the kids. In high school, I played well. In college, I played well. I had a good year in the pros. They need somebody to trust. Why not trust the guy who came from the same place they come from, the exact same hood they’re in.”

Former Notre Dame Player Retires To Coach

News-Sentinel

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120926/SPORTS/120929732/1007/OPINION

Tory Jackson could have made the usual transition to coach, maybe pursuing a graduate assistant’s job at his alma mater Notre Dame. Instead, he listened to his heart.

Jackson, who played point guard for the NBA D-League’s Mad Ants last season, took a job Monday that presents some major challenges: boys basketball coach at Buena Vista High School in Saginaw, Mich.

It’s Jackson’s high school, and the need there is for more than someone to teach the intricacies of a matchup zone.

“It came to the point where there is so much going on in my city, it hurts me, Jackson said. It hurt me to see kids killing each other and having nobody to look up to, no mentors, nobody actually taking the time with them.”

Jackson is only 24. He had the option to keep chasing his professional dream, returning to the Mad Ants or traveling overseas to play. He averaged seven points and three assists per game last season.

But he kept thinking back to the lessons and examples of his late mother, Sarah, who could walk into Buena Vista and immediately garner students’ attention and respect.

“They would look at her like she was the principal, that’s how dominant she was, Jackson said. I feel like I’ll have the respect of the kids. In high school, I played well. In college, I played well. I had a good year in the pros. They need somebody to trust. Why not trust the guy who came from the same place they come from, the exact same hood they’re in.”






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