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NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

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MIAMI — Jeremy Jackson has been named men’s head basketball coach at
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, according to NEO athletic director
Dale Patterson.
Jackson, an eight-year assistant coach for the Golden Norsemen,
assumes the head coaching responsibilities May 1 pending approval from
the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents. He replaces long-time
head coach Dustin Grover who resigned Friday to become assistant vice
president for academic affairs at NEO.
“When a program is strong and has been highly competitive, you want to
keep that continuity if you can if you have the right person there,”
Patterson said. “I’ve been the AD the past seven years and I been
watching Jeremy.
“He’s just been moving up the ladder each year with more
responsibilities with basketball and on campus,” Patterson said. “He’s
always done a great job with that. He’s been very influential and very
involved in recruiting.”
“Our approach is to have a seamless transition,” Jackson said. “That
was what we wanted it to be for these guys returning, that way they
don’t feel too much change at once. We are going to go out and do
great things next year.”
Last season the Golden Norse finished third in the Oklahoma Collegiate
Athletic Conference with an 11-5 record. NEO finished second in the
Region II Tournament and compiled a 22-9 season mark.
During Jackson’s eight years as an assistant, the Norsemen made two
appearances in the Men’s Division I National Junior College Athletic
Association National Tournament. The Norse finished 17th in 2013-14
and 16th in 2015-16.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Jackson said. “I started working for
coach Grover nine years ago for free.
“I started doing stats for him, helping him with scouting  —
volunteered my time,” Jackson said. “I cannot thank him enough for
everything I have accomplished in my professional career.
“I can’t tell you how much it means, all the support around that coach
Grover has been able to develop over the years — just the great
tradition that Larry Gipson, Lonnie Spencer and Cletus Green have
helped develop over the years.
“They put NEO on the map,” Jackson said. “My job is to keep it on the
map and keep all the support of the community here and being involved
with NEO basketball.
“The pressure is on and I am ready for it,” Jackson said. “This is a
bittersweet moment because my mentor is leaving me, but I could not be
any more excited and confident in myself and our team coming back.
It’s not really me. It’s the guys and how hard they will work for us.”
Jackson is from Stockton California, where he graduated from Brookside
Christian High School in 1996. He played basketball for the Brookside
Knights under head coach Timothy Dunham in 1995-96.
Jackson played basketball at Napa Valley College from 1999-2001. He
played on traveling, semi pro teams that competed and traveled in
leagues and tournaments throughout the west coast, competing against
and with current and former NBA players.
In 2002 Jackson worked for 24 hour Fitness until 2008 where he managed
three different clubs in the Sacramento California area.
As an assistant with the Golden Norsemen, Jackson’s responsibilities
included on the floor coaching and running the weights and
conditioning program.
“He really recruited this really great freshman class that we have
coming in for next season,” Patterson said. “There are six or seven of
them returning next year which has something to do with it too.
“You are only as good as the talent you recruit,” Patterson said. “I
think he’s the right choice. I am a believer that if someone has done
what we asked them to do and has done a great job, they deserve a
chance.”
Jackson currently resides in Grove with his wife Natasha and son Kameron.

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