Originally created 03/15/03

Aquinas coach calls it quits



Saying he was ready "for a new challenge," Aquinas head football coach Marty Jackson resigned March 6 and is looking to land a job elsewhere.

Jackson insists he's been happy at Aquinas since he took over the Fighting Irish squad 10 years ago. But he said he's also ready to move on.

"Right around Christmas time, there were some opportunities that came up," Jackson said. "I'm just ready for a new change."

Jackson has been courted by three schools - he declined Thursday to say which programs - but hasn't accepted a new job. Right now, he's content to sit and wait.

"I would love to get to a place where there are more players," said Jackson, who's coming off a 4-6 season (0-5 Region 7-A). "But at the same time, both my children went to school here, and I've enjoyed it."

He's also brought the program to new heights.

In the five years before Jackson started in 1993, the Fighting Irish had won just five games.

After a slow start - Jackson's first three teams went 3-7 each season - Aquinas improved to a 33-37 mark during the past seven years (including 25-25 in the past five).

"We've gotten a lot better than where we were when I got here in '93," Jackson said. "We haven't been able to conquer the world. But we've made ourselves much more competitive."

CHOMSKIS HIRED: Former Evans coach Lee Chomskis has accepted an assistant coaching position at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Ga.

Chomskis, who resigned from the Knights program in January after posting a 3-17 record in two years, will be the offensive backs coach for the Bulldogs and also will return to the baseball field as a coach.

"The expectations there are high, and the commitment is high," said Chomskis, who joins a school that won the Class AA state title in 1980 and was coached by the legendary Dan Pitts. "It has a great history of tradition and commitment. That's one of the exciting things about it."

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