Bama basketball hires new assistant

TUSCALOOSA - Sammy Jackson, a Headland native who has been assistant men's basketball coach at Alabama A&M University since 2000, has been hired as the new assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Alabama.

"I'm excited to have Sammy join us because he brings a lot to the table," said Crimson Tide head coach Mark Gottfried. "He has worked his way up which impresses me. Sammy is very highly thought of and known throughout most parts of the country. He's a native of this state, so he's very familiar with this program. He will be involved in every aspect of coaching here, on the floor, recruiting, and scouting. I think he'll do a great job."

Jackson, who will turn 38 on September 14, is a native of Headland and was an All-Conference player, four year letter winner and team captain at Montevallo from 1982-86. After playing semi-pro basketball for the Rockford Lightning, Jackson began his coaching career at Huntsville's Butler High School as head assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach. He was there from 1988-93. Jackson was head men's basketball coach at Savannah State University in 1999-2000 and has been an assistant at Auburn (1993-94), Georgia Southern (1995-99) and Tennessee State (1994-95).

"I'm excited for the opportunity for me and my family, but I will miss Coach Pettaway and the A&M Community," said Jackson. "This is something that's been a dream of mine, to be able to work in a competitive program that has an opportunity to play for a national championship. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Gottfried and his staff. Growing up in the state of Alabama, I've always followed the Alabama program. I've followed the players and their success.

"Alabama has a huge basketball tradition, and I'm proud of this opportunity to become a part of it."

Jackson is married to wife Phoebe, and they have two sons, Desmond, 14, and Devin, 8, as well as guardianship of his nephew, Bobby Norton, 16.


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