The Crossett Eagles will fly under a new coach this season.
The Crossett School District approved the hiring of Shawn Jackson of Camden County, Ga., as the new football coach and athletic director last week.
Jackson’s hiring for the 2020-2021 school year was done at the recommendation of Superintendent Gary Williams.
Former Coach Sonny Nason announced his resignation earlier this year after he was hired as a coach in Louisiana.
Jackson is originally from Missouri, but said he considers himself an Arkansan as he is a 2004 graduate of Arkansas State University.
Jackson has been coaching since 2001, when he started as an offensive coordinator in Hayti, Mo., and has multiple awards and winning seasons to show for the last 20 years.
After Hayti, Jackson went to Caruthersville, Mo. where he was an offensive coordinator and even coached a season in Arkansas before returning to Hayti, as head coach in 2005.
During his time as Hayti’s coach, the school won the conference and he was named Southeast Missouri coach of the year. Since that time Jackson has worked at the University of Missouri, Linderwood University in St. Louis, Mo. and high schools in Tennessee and Georgia.
From 2008 until 2012, Jackson was the coach at Obion County Central High School in Brunswick, Ga., where he broke a 20-game losing streak for the Obion Rebels. The team also scored the most points in the school’s history during a playoff game in their 2009 season.
In 2010, he became the first coach to lead the Rebels to back-to-back playoff experiences.
Most recently Jackson was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga.
Jackson is coming in to take over a Crossett team that ended the regular season as the 4-A Region 8 Conference champions and then made it the semifinals in the state playoffs.
With his hiring, however, it is unclear because of social distancing and school being dismissed when Jackson will be able to start spring training or when any school athletics will be permitted to resume.