Carolyn Jackson is retiring as Brainerd's head coach. (Photo Courtesy: Times Free Press)
Kelley Smiddie Chattanooga Times Free Press
Carolyn Jackson said she played very little when she was on Riverside's basketball team. Little did she know then that spending time on a high school basketball team's bench would become what she's noted for.
Now after 40 years, a 965-285 record, numerous district and region titles and a state championship, Jackson has decided to retire as girls' basketball coach at Brainerd, where the gymnasium is named for her and longtime boys' coach Robert High.
"I've been coaching for so long, I felt it was about time to step down," Jackson said. "I don't have anything left to prove. I've done just about all I set out to do."
Jackson retired as a teacher five years ago and said she first had thoughts about coaching retirement a couple of seasons later but took things year by year. Now that she has a new grandson to spend time with, she felt now is the right time.