CENTRAL HEIGHTS, TX (KTRE) - After making a run to the regional semifinals as the No. 2 ranked team in the state, Central Heights is seeing a coaching change. The Blue Devils have hired Travis Jackson.
"Central Heights is a powerhouse team in East Texas. When you see that job pop up, you hope you can get it. I'm excited to have gotten this job. It's definitely a high point in my career," said Jackson.
Jackson is an Overton native who has 15 years of coaching experience, 12 of those years are as a head coach. Jackson is leaving Mineola after a five year stint to join the Blue Devils.
Jackson spent six years coaching in his hometown. In Overton, he made five playoff runs and two trips to the state tournament.
Central Heights graduated 14 seniors which leaves Jackson with the challenge of not only taking over a program, but rebuilding to fill in the voids left behind. Jackson said this position will be an easier transition based on the winning tradition already instilled in the program.
"It's a situation with a great tradition of winning. They know how to win regardless. Those young guys saw how the seniors lead and won so I'm confident they can keep the winning tradition going," said Jackson. "It's easy to come in with a winning tradition already in place."
Joining the Central Heights baseball staff will be former Stephen F. Austin baseball player Brett Thornell. He will be an assistant for Jackson after serving as an assistant for the Lumberjacks after his graduation.