LOCUST GROVE - Teams in the middle of rebuilding are often with a coach for a few years, however, much like Union Grove weeks ago - Luella is now in the same position.
Jason Jackson didn't announce he was leaving via social media, all that was mentioned was that Luella High School was beginning the search for a new head football coach on their Twitter account. It was a bit shocking for those around the school and community, especially following the teams' recent appearance in the state playoffs.
But the time had come. Co-Athletic Director James Roberts says that Jackson will be greatly missed following the great contributions he brought to the Luella Lions.
"He made an immediate impact as a coach and a teacher by involving the faculty and brought a new sense of school spirit to Luella," Roberts said.
What's next for the Luella Lions following the departure of Jackson is not clear yet. All that's known is that Luella will begin to search for the fourth head coach.
"The process will be thorough, and we will select the best person to lead the Lions into the next chapter," Roberts said. "We are looking for someone to make immediate contributions to help us continue our movement forward."
Originally when asking Jackson why he decided to leave, it was just a simple statement from the man of few words.
"It's time to get closer to home," Jackson said.
How close isn't known yet, but Jackson was traveling nearly three hours in the car daily.
"It aged me," Jackson said. "You don't want to spend most of your day driving and navigating through traffic."
Of course, he was still happy with seeing the athletes from Luella get college offers and head to the next level during his time at Luella High.
"Happy my kids are getting looks by colleges, but the most important thing is being a better man," Jackson said. "Being a better student and athlete."
In his next role, he just wants to bring some confidence to his next role.
Luella was 8-23 in his tenure with one playoff appearance.