Former Poteet coach Randy Jackson prepares for first Plano East practice

New Plano East coach Randy Jackson said Monday afternoon that he had a few extra butterflies as he prepared for practice. But he seemed as thrilled as any of his players to get started.

"It's exciting," he said. "Four years ago, I was going out to coach a 2A school."

In those four years, Jackson has moved from 2A Lone Oak to 4A Mesquite Poteet and now to 5A Plano East, the largest school in the state. A pretty rapid advancement.

"I was lucky," he said. "But I'll take it."

In 2010, Jackson took over a Mesquite Poteet program that had won one game in two seasons. Over the next three years, Jackson's Poteet teams were 30-9. Now he's at the top of a Plano East team that finished 5-4 last year and missed the playoffs.

One thing he'll emphasize the next few days is the pace of practice.

"We're going to move really, really fast," he said. "Every coach does things differently. They've just got to get used to me."

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