Mark Jackson’s proven he can turn a football program around; at Estero High School, his challenge will be to keep the Wildcats’ renaissance going.
On Monday, the school introduced the 38-year-old Bonita Springs resident as the sixth football coach in its history. Jackson replaces Rich Dombroski, who accepted the Immokalee head football job on Feb. 26, three months after leading the Wildcats to their best season in a decade.
“The program is definitely on the upswing,” Jackson said. “The kids are believing they can win and to get to be a part of that is a real blessing to me.”
This is the second head football job for Jackson, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant football and head boys track coach at Golden Gate. He led his alma mater – Kissimmee St. Cloud – to a 21-22 record from 2006-09, improving from two wins in his debut season to a 9-2 mark and a district title in his third.
Estero athletic director Jeff Sommer said a four-member committee interviewed seven prospective coaches and came away impressed with Jackson’s enthusiasm for the job.
“He walked in and handed us a 40-page packet that had everything mapped out – weight program, nutrition, speed workouts,” Sommer said. “He was very detailed and very organized.”
Jackson’s teams at St. Cloud ran a no-huddle offense, something he said he plans on implementing at Estero.
“I’m not coming in there trying to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “I’m just going to try and add my experience level to what they’ve already done.”