Interim head coach takes the reins as Josey High School looks for replacement

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Monday, August 6, 2018
(News 12 First at 5)

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The last time the Josey program won a state title was when Seal's “Kiss from a Rose” was topping the music charts. Yeah -- that was in 1995!

But this team, like many others in the state, is determined to change their narrative.

"Everyone has the same goal this year. We just want to win."

The T.W. Josey Eagles are eager to revive this program, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone more eager than the new interim head coach, Marcus Jackson.

We were there Monday when he was cheering on the guys on his team as they were preparing them for the upcoming season.

"Our goal is to make the playoffs and be a contender in the region," Jackson told News 12.

The Eagles' interim head coach has been with the program more than eight years, and he’d held many different roles with the team. This one came on quicker than ever, just weeks before the team's first kick.

Jackson says this has never been about him.

"This year's team is really hungry. They've been through some adversity, as we all know. I think it's important for the kids to keep it has normal as possible"

A new normal, perhaps, after the school's previous coach voluntarily resigned a little less than a month before the Eagles face their first opponent.

"We're here. We're happy to be here. We're proud of these guys."

It's safe to say the teens playing for Jackson this season feel the same about him too.

"He motivates us. He's like a dad to us," said one athlete on the team.

Coach Jackson tells News 12 the application for the job closed on Friday, and a formal announcement about the official head coach should be coming soon.