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Coaches Spotlight: Craig Jackson Franklin HS


Scorebook Live's Dan Dickau visits with Craig Jackson, head coach at Franklin High School.

Hometown: Seattle, WA
HS/College: Roosevelt HS, Langston University
Athlete in HS/College: HS Football, Basketball, Track / College Basketball, Track
Coaching career: 20 total. 6 years head coach at Franklin

Why did you get into coaching?

For the love of the game, playing, and the opportunity to teach life lessons to young people through the game of basketball.

Outside of your current team/program what are your coaching aspirations?

Love coaching high school basketball.

Who is your coaching mentor?

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Although I have had many influences in coaching style and philosophy the two greatest influences and mentors are Greg Kalimantan, my high school assistant coach who is a walking book of basketball knowledge. The other is Jason Kerr, who gave me my first job coaching at the high school level.

What is the best coaching resource?

My peers and college coaches.

Who is the best coach you’ve matched x/o’s with?

There are many. Jason Kerr, O’Dea. Keffrey Fazio, West Seattle. Freddie Banks, Canyon Springs, NV. PJ Brown, Westminster, FL. Zach Ward, Starwood.

Who is the best player you’ve coached?

Alvin Snow (2000); Aaron Brooks (2003); Peyton Siva (2009); Marquan Williams (2018), Maurice Barnett (present)

Who is the best player you’ve seen at the HS level in WA?

Joyce Walker, Garfield (Girls)
Shelia Lambert, Chief Sealth (Girls)
Joseph Buchanan, O’Dea
Doug Wrenn, O,Dea
Jason Terry, Franklin
Jamal Crawford, Rainier Beach
Alvin Snow, Franklin
Nate Robinson, Rainier Beach
Lodrick Stewart, Rainier Beach
Rodrick Stewart, Rainier Beach
Aaron Brooks, Franklin
Venoy Overton, Franklin
Peyton Siva, Franklin
Isaiah Brown, Lakeside
Michael Porter, Nathan Hale
Kevin Porter Jr., Rainier Beach