Lexington, Ky (LEX 18) — When a program hires a new head coach, it’s a fresh start.
With a fresh start, comes patience to begin building a winning culture. For Georgetown College’s James Jackson, that winning culture is already in place in just his second season.
“It’s been kind of surprising,” said Jackson. “I really didn’t know what to expect to be honest and the way they’ve melded together, the way they’re trying to build this thing back up, it’s been fun to watch and its been special to watch.”
Jackson took over a program that went 8-20 the season prior to him being hired.
His first year didn’t fare much better, as the team finished the 2017 slate with an 8-22 record.
“It was just a lot of adjusting, going from one coach to another, obviously,” said Tigers Senior Guard Lydia Graves. “We were kind of a young team so it was just a lot of learning.”
This season has been an historic year for the Tigers. After winning just 16 games combined in 2016 and 2017, the team is already 12-0 this year.
It’s easily the programs best start in program history (started 8-0 twice in previous years).
“I thought it was going to be a challenge at first but we came out and started rolling,” said Tigers Freshman Guard Alexis Stapleton. “I was like ‘okay, it’s fun now. Let’s keep going’.”
“It’s been nothing but fun,” said Jackson. But we’re going to hit road bumps. I know that. We just have to know that when we hit them, things are still going to be alright and we just have to lace them back up and keep going.”