Former Dallas head football coach inducted into PSFCA Hall of fame
The fiery head football coach began his coaching career as an assistant coach for several sports at both Coughlin and Meyers High Schools. He coached baseball at Meyers for 5 years, wrestling at Meyers and Coughlin for 13 years and football at Coughlin for 11 years. Ted took over the football program at Dallas High School in 1985 and built it into one of the most successful programs in Pennsylvania.
But in 2011, the Dallas school board opened his position and he wasn’t hired back as head football coach. Jackson left as the winningest coach in school history with an overall career record of 231-76-3. In 27 seasons his Mountaineer teams won 15 Wyoming Valley Conference titles, three District 2 titles, four Eastern Conference titles and the PIAA Class AA State Title in 1993. Coach Jackson produced undefeated regular seasons in 1994 and 2010 and his teams had a 24-game winning streak from 1993-1994. Ted is a 15-time Wyoming Valley Conference Coach of the Year. He was a Big 33 Game Assistant Coach in 1995 and led the East to a victory in 2001 as a head coach in the PSFCA East/West Game.
Coach Jackson was named Best Athletic Coach in the Back Mountain by the Dallas Post for 5 consecutive years, 2008-2012. He was also named Coach of the Decade by the Citizens Voice in 2010. He was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
He retired from teaching in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District in 2008 after 35 years of service and then worked as an adjunct professor at Misericordia University.
Coach Jackson resides in Shavertown, PA with his wife Sandy. They have three children: Matthew, Jill and Ted Jr. and his wife Robin. Ted is also the proud grandfather of grandsons Max and Jared Jackson. “Coach Jackson would like to thank his family, friends, former players, assistant coaches and the Dallas community for their support and dedication throughout his coaching career, said Ted Jackson Jr.”
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