InterMat Wrestling – Legendary Minnesota high school wrestling coach Jackson retires

Jim Jackson (far right) retired as head wrestling coach at Shakopee High School in Minnesota

After five seasons leading the Sabers, Jim Jackson has chosen to retire from the head wrestling coaching position for Shakopee High School. Jackson’s long career is well-known in Minnesota wrestling with numerous conference and state wrestling championships on his resume. (He guided Apple Valley High School to 14 state championships.) In Shakopee, he led the Sabers to four conference championships, three section championships, one runner-up state finish and two state championships.

In September (2020), Jackson started a new career in the private sector and since then has been splitting time between coaching and his new job. “Trying to juggle both is not fair to our student athletes or our entire program, nor is it fair to the company I work for,” said Jackson. “With this change in my life, I feel like it is the right time to focus on my next chapter.”

Taking over the wrestling program in an interim position for this season is assistant coach Marcus LeVesseur. LeVesseur has also been with the Sabers for five years and has been an integral supporter and mentor of the team. His dedication will allow him to seamlessly lead the present program.

“We are thankful for the time, talent and energy Jackson gave to our wrestling program,” said Matt Hanson, Shakopee Athletic Director. “We are confident that LeVesseur will step into this position and do a great job.”

“I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many tremendous athletes, coaches, administrators, parents, managers, custodians, teachers, numerous alumni and fans,” said Jackson. “Thank you for your support over the years. It’s been an incredible ride!”

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