Escambia County brings in 2A state finalist Rico Jackson as head coach


From Fairfield to Aliceville to Atmore, Rico Jackson is on the move again.

The head coach of the 2016 Class 2A state runner-up Aliceville Yellow Jackets has accepted the head coach and athletic director positions at Class 4A Escambia County. On Thursday, the Escambia County Board of Education approved the hire.

Jackson kept Aliceville stable his first season posting a 6-5 record in 2015 before seeing great improvement on the way to a 13-2 campaign with a 28-0 loss to Fyffe in the 2A state final in Auburn, the school’s first state final appearance since 2000. From 2012-’14, his first head coaching gig came at Fairfield. He had a tougher time following Jim Vakakes’ footsteps, posting a 16-14 record in three years before resigning.

Former Escambia County head coach Royce Young was let go in mid-January. His record was 4-26 in three seasons with just one win coming in region play. Escambia County’s last playoff appearance was in 2010 under current Russellville head coach Mark Heaton. The Blue Devils have won two state championships in the playoff era (1974, ’83) and one “mythical” state title (1957), but haven’t made it past the quarterfinals since the last title. Their last region title came in 1993.