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Randy Jackson leaving Plano East to become Grapevine football coach
The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD on Monday approved the hiring of Plano East football coach Randy Jackson to lead the Grapevine football program.
Jackson replaces Dave Henigan, who left Grapevine in February to take the same position at Denton Ryan. Jackson comes to Grapevine with 14 years of head coaching experience, and he was 5-5 last year in his one season at Plano East.
Jackson was the coach at Mesquite Poteet from 2010 to 2012, compiling a 30-9 record. In his first season there, he led Poteet to a 12-3 record and spot in the Class 4A Division II state semifinals. That came after Poteet was 1-19 the two seasons before Jackson arrived.
Jackson went 5-5 (1-4 District 10-5A) at Plano East and missed the playoffs.
Jackson has also spent time as a head coach at Lone Oak, Mason and Paducah. Jackson’s overall record is 119-51.
In a district-wide e-mail, new Grapevine-Colleyville ISD athletic director Phil Blue said, “Randy [Jackson] brings a new perspective to GCISD. With the recent UIL realignment, our teams will find themselves on a new platform of athletics next year. I am confident that Randy will seek out the strengths of our Mustangs and help them achieve their highest potential.”
Blue and GCISD will now turn their attention to hiring a football coach at Colleyville Heritage. Mike Fuller departed in March to coach at Decatur.
Before arriving at Plano East, Jackson went 30-9 in three seasons at Mesquite Poteet and was named SportsDay’s all-area coach of the year in 2010.