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Gazette Premium Content Sierra tabs alumnus, former player Phil Jackson as new football coach

By Scott Kaniewski Published: February 17, 2014

Sierra is bringing in one of its own to take over a football team that hasn't won more than two games in a season since 2010.

On Tuesday, Sierra announced that 1999 graduate Phil Jackson will be taking over the program.

Jackson, a cornerback on Colorado's 2001 Big 12 Championship team, was hired Thursday. Sierra had a four-day weekend so Jackson will address the team sometime this week, athletic director Mike Geniesse said.

"We brought him in as a teacher (in January)," Geniesse said. "He'd known about the position prior to that, but he wanted to be on (the teaching) staff. We looked at him and several other individuals, and the search committee was in favor of Phil."

Jackson has his work cut out for him.

Last season, the Stallions completed their second consecutive 2-8 season, both under Dean Huffman. Over the two seasons, the Stallions posted a combined 1-9 record in the 3A Southern League.

In 2011 they went 0-10 in one season under Don McGatlin. The season before that, with Joe Roskam at the helm, the Stallions finished 6-4, going 5-2 in league and finishing second behind Vista Ridge.

Sierra last reached the playoffs in 2008, falling in the first round and finishing with an 8-3 record.

Bringing in someone who knows the school and community is a big plus, the athletic director said.

"It's good to at least have him named now," Geniesse said. "Especially with somebody who has walked the same halls and sat in the same seats they (the kids) have."

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