Jimmy Jackson (called Jet by some) was born and raised in the El Dorado area. He started his athletic career in 1962 at the age of 8 playing centerfield for the Morrison Oilers in the Pee-Wee League. They finished second in the league and repeated that finish in 1963 when he was moved to the catching position. IN 1964, he pitched and played 3rd for Jackson Auctioneers who won the league. In 1965 he was a pitcher and 3rd baseman for Jackson in the Midwest League an was the catcher for Rotary International in 1966 an was selected to the Skelly All-Star team as a catcher. This team won first place in the Haysville Tournament. Jim was a catcher for the Elks team in the Junior League in the 1967 and 1968 seasons and in 1968 was selected as the catcher on the Elks All-Star team who won the State Tournament. In 1969, Jimmy was the catcher for the Ray L. Smith team who finished first in the Junior League.
He was a catcher and outfielder for both El Dorado High School and American Legion in 1970-71. Jimmy caught for the 1972 Pot 81 team that finished second in the State American Legion Tournament. He was selected to the American Legion West All-Star team after having a season with a .359 batting average, .510 on base average and 5 home runs. Jim participated in cross-country and basketball at EHS and voted the Most Valuable Player in the 1971 Bluestem Classic Basketball Tournament.
Jim moved on to play for Kansas Wesleyan University for 4 years. After playing outfield in 1973 (he was honorable mention all league) he assumed the catching position for KWU for next three years and was also team captain for those three years. In 1976, KWU was the league champion. Jim's honors included All KCAC with a .420 average. He was also awarded the Dean Evans Most Valuable Player award.
Jim caught for the Emporia Jaycees in semi-pro in 1974 and then outfield for Blasi Oil in 1975. He has a pinch hit home run in his first at-bat in Lawrence Stadium. Going into the coaching profession in 1989, Jim assumed the duties of athletic director, girl's basketball coach and assistant football coach at Lakehill Prep School in Dallas, Texas. In 1991 he was selected head basketball coach of the TAPPS 1A Girls Basketball North All-Star team.
He moved on to the University of Dallas, Irving, TX in 1991 as women's basketball coach, assistant men's basketball coach and men's an women's golf coach. His honors include 1993 Coach of the Year (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association), 1994 assistant men's basketball coach of the Dallas County All-Star team and in 1995, women's coach of the Dallas All-Star Team. Jackson earned his Master's Degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 1997.
Jimmy Jackson is now the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and men's and women's golf at Pratt Community College. He lives in Pratt with his wife Heather and his two sons, Jimmy and Louis.