(Photo by Chris Moore, Staff)
Homer Jackson has taken over the reins for former head coach Fred Johnson who stepped down after one season with the Lady Bulldogs.
Jackson previously coached Sikeston's freshman boys team from 1981-1989.
Jackson's best year with the freshman team was in 1988 when he led the team to an undefeated 17-0 record.
After over 16 years out of coaching, Jackson explained his decision to get back into the profession.
"Basically a void was left after coach Johnson left," said Jackson. "A need existed and I stepped in to help out the program."
Jackson graduated from Jackson State University in 1979 and played all four years for the basketball team. Jackson stated that basketball is still in his blood.
"I never hesitated in taking the position," said Jackson. "I still have a passion and enthusiasm to teach the game of basketball. My No. 1 goal is to teach the game."
Practice began for the Lady Bulldogs last Monday and Jackson has goals of what he hopes to accomplish early on.
"First off, I want the girls to have the correct mental approach toward the game," said Jackson. "We will work on the player's individual skills. Our team expectations are for the girls to work hard every day in practice and to do the best they can."
Sikeston will return four starters from a team that went 18-7 last year. The 18 wins was the most for a girls team in school history. The Lady Bulldogs will miss leading scorer Allison Blurton, who now plays basketball for Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. Blurton averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game last season.
"We lost Blurton from a season ago but I believe we will have a good solid nucleus returning," said Jackson. "We are going to be a young team and sometimes a young team makes mistakes but hopefully they will learn from those mistakes and improve. I look forward to a good season."