Matthew Jackson led both La Vergne’s boys and girls bowling teams to the Region 4 bowling tournament in his second season at the North Rutherford County school.
For his teams’ achievements, Jackson today has been named The Daily News Journal’s 2012 Bowling Coach of the Year.
La Vergne’s girls won the District 7 tournament, beating Blackman in the finals to be the No. 1 seed from District 7 in the regional tournament. The boys fell to rival Smyrna in the finals to qualify for the region as the No. 2 seed from the district.
“It was definitely exciting for both to get to the championship and excited that the girls won (the district championship),” Jackson said. “I hated it for the boys to fall short. The boys had a lot of sophomores so they could possibly win it next year.”
Both La Vergne teams fell in the region. In fact, no Rutherford County bowling team qualified for the state tournament in 2012.
However, Jackson did have two female bowlers — sisters Keysha and Kylah Martin — qualify for the TSSAA Division I Individual State Tournament.
And Keysha became the first Rutherford County male or female to win an individual state bowling title.
“That was exciting for us,” Jackson said. “We’ve done some things at the school to recognize her for her achievement. I didn’t realize at first that she was not only the first La Vergne bowler to win a title, but also the first from Rutherford County.
“We are all excited for her.”