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Former PHS Central football coach named to state Hall of Fame

Jan 26, 2018

Plainfield High School-Central Campus head football coach John Jackson talks to his players during the 2014-2015 season. Jackson will be inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in April 7.  Former Plainfield High School-Central Campus head football coach John Jackson will be inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on April 7, 2018 in Champaign.

“It’s a great honor to be selected this year,” Jackson said. “It is an elite class of people, and very special to be recognized by your peers, not in Plainfield but all over the state of Illinois.”

Jackson is a 34-year veteran educator and coach. He served as head football coach at PHSCC from 1997 to 2015. He has taught social studies at PHSCC since 1997 and is currently an assistant football coach at Naperville North High School.

Before coming to District 202, Jackson also served as assistant coach at Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville, Illinois; assistant and head coach at Naperville North High School; and head football coach at Collinsville High School.

District 202 Superintendent Dr. Lane Abrell nominated Jackson for the honor.

“He has served with integrity and helped young men learn lessons that transfer well beyond the football field,” said Abrell.

His teams made seven playoff appearances and won three Suburban Prairie Conference Championships.

In the 2000-2001 season, Jackson coached his team to a one-loss season and a visit to the Illinois High School Association quarterfinals.

“John loves the game of football and always displayed a great passion for it,” said Dave Stephens, PHS-CC principal. “John built strong relationships with his players and has made a huge footprint on the PHS-CC football program.”

Jackson said his accomplishments were the result of a team effort.

“I’ll always tell my guys I don’t care if you are a volunteer or a freshman coach you will be included in that because you are part of the success of the program,” he said.