Tracy Jackson spent last season assisting at Dallas, where his son Andy is the head coach.
Tracy Jackson spent last season assisting at Dallas, where his son Andy is the head coach.

Barlow has hired Tracy Jackson as football coach.

Jackson succeeds Chris Koenig, who guided the Bruins to a 3-3 record in his only season as coach.

Jackson is 107-166 in 29 seasons as a head coach at six different schools. He has been the head coach at Woodburn (1990-95, 2009-11), North Marion (1996-2001), Madison (2002-04), Hood River Valley (2005-08), Dallas (2012-17) and Gervais (2019).

He spent last season assisting at Dallas, where his sons Andy and Matt are the head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively.

Barlow announced his hiring in a release Friday:

Sam Barlow High School has selected Tracy Jackson as their next Head Football Coach.

Coach Jackson is a 40-year teaching veteran and has spent 30 of those as a head football coach at Dallas, Woodburn, North Marion, Madison, Gervais, and Hood River Valley. He has built a strong reputation as a program developer.

Five of the listed schools had experienced one or no-win seasons prior to Jackson’s arrival and they quickly became highly competitive programs.

Jackson has built programs by establishing positive relationships with players, coaches and stakeholders. He teaches a safe, but physical approach to the game, which is unusual in this day of spread offenses.

His approach most recently took Dallas, a small 5A school, to the state semifinals in 2016, and the state quarterfinals in 2013. His last two teams at Woodburn were 5A playoff teams as was the case at Madison in 2004.

He has been awarded Coach of the Year twice and the Distinguished Educator of the month for the Dallas School District in 2014. He was a finalist for the Virtue First Coach of the Year award, and increased player turnout and weight room numbers at every challenge he took on.

He coached in the Les Schwab Bowl in 2017.

Jackson has been married to Christie, a MS teacher in Silverton, since 1978. Their daughter Megan, is a teacher at Ida B. Wells (formerly Wilson HS), son Matt is a teacher at LaCreole MS in Dallas, and son Andy is the current head football coach and teacher at Dallas High School.