Randy Jackson leaving Mesquite Poteet to take over at Plano East

Mesquite Poteet football coach Randy Jackson is leaving to take over at Plano East, a source confirmed Friday. The source said Jackson informed his players Friday morning.

Jackson performed a 180-degree turnaround for the struggling Poteet program after he arrived in 2010. He took over a team that went a combined 1-19 the previous two seasons and reached the 4A state semifinals in his first season.

Jackson went 30-9 in three seasons at Poteet and was named SportsDay's all-area coach of the year in 2010.

Poteet standout 2015 linebacker Malik Jefferson tweeted Friday: "goodluck coach! thanks for everything and helping us become men. we will keep this train running! Love you coach."

Jackson will fill the vacancy at Plano East left by Johnny Ringo, who announced his sudden resignation on April 29. East, despite having the largest enrollment of all Texas high schools, has missed the playoffs in four of the last six seasons.

Jackson made previous coaching stops in Paducah, Mason, DeKalb and Lone Oak, where he amassed a 50-20 record in six seasons.

Poteet will be the third school in Mesquite ISD to undergo a coaching change. West Mesquite's Mike Overton took over for Rodney Webb at Mesquite Horn, and Jeff Neill filled the vacancy left by Overton.

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