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Mr. Ron Jackson

           I was born to Ms. Corrine Jackson on September 6, 1958, in Birmingham Alabama. However, when I turned 5 my mom married and moved to East Saint Louis Illinois. Nonetheless, during my years of living with my granny, I fell in love with my grandma and the small town of Selma, so I stayed with my grandparents David and Mary Jackson. I loved the country, but after a short visit to the big city, I cried to move back to the small country town of Selma. Therefore, my mom brought me back to stay for a while that turned into a lifetime. I went back to visit the city from time to time, but deep in my heart, the country was my home. Moreover, my grandparents talked my mom into letting them adopt me and that where my life took off. When I reached the seventh grade, I began to take interest in basketball. I became one of the top players in Dallas County and central Alabama. I graduated as the top player in the county and secured a Junior College scholarship.

            After two years of outstanding High School career, I was awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg Mississippi. However, before going to Southern Mississippi to play, I married my high school sweetheart Gwinn Brown Jackson. I went on to earn in 1983 a bachelor’s degree in social studies. Nonetheless, I could not find a job, so I continued to work toward a Master in Curriculum Instruction. Anyway, about a semester from obtaining my masters, I started my coaching career at Pass Christian High in Pass Christian Mississippi. During my 2-year stay, at Pass High, I was able to go undefeated. From there my career took off. Nonetheless, in an effort to get back to my home state Alabama my next job was at Monroe County High of Monroeville Alabama where I stayed for two years. In that two-year span, I was able to lead the Monroe County Lady Tigers to become runner up in the state in 1984 and State Champion the second year in 1985.

            Notwithstanding, I continued to try and get back to my home town of Selma. Finally, I got a job at Keith High School in Dallas County about 15 miles outside of Selma. While at Keith, I coached both boys and girls for three years advancing to sub-Regional twice and the Elite Eight once with the boys and one state final with girls in 1989.  In 1990, I left Keith to coach boys at---T R Miller High and within a five-year span; I managed to capture a sub-regional title and a final four appearance. In 1995 my daughters began to play varsity basketball at T, R. Miller. At this time the girls’ basketball team began to take off. When my oldest daughter started to play the Lady Tigers were able to win back to back State Championships in 1995 and 1996. The Lady Tigers continue to be successful winning State Championship in 2002, runner-up in, 2004, Championship in 2009 and a final 4 appearance in 2018.

Throughout my years of coaching I have touched the lives of many kids’ most young girls through basketball. Through the game of basketball, I have watched little girls grow to become young ladies and change their life around. Finally, through basketball, I have helped players at acquire scholarships to numerous Colleges: Saint-Johns University, University of Alabama of Birmingham (UAB), Alabama State at Montgomery, Stanford University Birmingham, Alabama A & M of Huntsville Alabama and various smaller colleges and Jr. Colleges across the state.