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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Aug 25, 2022

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Sterling College’s head football coach, Darren Jackson. Coach Jackson tells us how he got his start in coaching, explains how he balances work and family and walks us through the changes he is making at Sterling. Darren Jackson is the head coach at Sterling College. Coach Jackson was hired in the spring of 2022 and will be relying on his extensive experience and faith-based values to lead Sterling this season. Prior to coaching at Sterling Coach Jackson was the head coach at Trinity Bible College and was also a member of the football staff at Liberty University, his alma mater. In addition to these positions. Coach Jackson has also coached at Evangel University and Colorado Mesa University with both teams boasting a slew of accolades during Coach Jackson’s time at the respective schools. Coach Jackson is also a member of the AFCAs 35Under35 2020 class and the 2016 Coach of the Year (received while coaching at Trinity Bible). [0:55] Start of Interview [1:03] Getting Acclimated to New Position [1:56] Resume [2:20] ‘When did you know you wanted to be a ball coach?” [3:35] Family and Career [6:46] “How have you put your stamp on the Sterling football program?” [10:23] What have you kept and what have you changed at Sterling? [13:04] “P.R.I.D.E” [16:53] Trinity Bible Compared to Sterling College [19:10] What are the standout differences between Trinity Bible and Sterling College? [20:43] What is recruiting like at a faith-based institution? [22:55] How have experiences with the AFCA helped you develop as a coach? [26:33] Social Media and Contact Information Twitter: @CoachJackson623