Southern baseball head coach Kerrick Jackson steps down to take position in MLB; asst. coach Chris Crenshaw named interim

Southern baseball head coach Kerrick Jackson steps down to take position in MLB; asst. coach Chris Crenshaw named interim
Southern baseball head coach Kerrick Jackson (Source: Josh Auzenne)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Kerrick Jackson, the head coach of the Southern baseball team, has left the Jaguar program for a position in Major League Baseball.

Jackson led the Jags to a SWAC title and NCAA tournament appearance in his second season. He was also named SWAC Coach of the Year.

Southern reported Jackson turned in his resignation Monday, Nov. 30 to accept a position as the president of the MLB Draft League.

“On behalf of the Jaguar Nation, I want to express my sincerest appreciation to Coach Jackson for his dedication and service while leading our baseball program,” said Director of Athletics Roman Banks. “His tenure, as the Head Baseball coach, will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to our student-athletes, not only on the baseball diamond but in the classroom as well. We appreciate him for developing young people and bringing us back to the top of the SWAC with our championship run. While we are certainly disappointed to see Kerrick and his family leave our program, we are excited for their new opportunity.”

In his three seasons at the helm, Jackson compiled a 47-67 record.

Athletic director Roman Banks announced on Wednesday, Dec. 3 that assistant coach Chris Crenshaw would take over as interim head coach.

“I am grateful for our Athletic Director Roman Banks for appointing me to lead the SU Baseball program, said Crenshaw.” “I know this is a difficult time for our student-athletes as any transition is, but we will come together as a team and continue to compete.” “Coach Jackson is a close friend, mentor, great man and an outstanding coach and we wish him and his family the best.” “We have a great group of student-athletes and staff, and we will work hard each day to compete at the highest level.”

Crenshaw is going into his third season coaching on the bluff. It will be his eighth season at the Division I level and 10th year overall on the collegiate level. He help guide the Jaguars to the 2019 SWAC Western Division Championship and overall 2019 SWAC Tournament Championship.

Prior to Southern, he spent five years at Jackson State and two years at Southwest Tennessee Community College, both as an assistant coach.

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