Brunswick, Ga. – College of Coastal Georgia men's basketball coach Jesse Watkins is proud to announce the addition of two new coaches to his Mariners staff.
Chris Jackson has been hired as the team's top assistant coach while Jared Moore has also been added to the Coastal Georgia staff as a volunteer assistant.
Both coaches will begin official duties with the Mariners this month.
"I am very excited to add both coaches to our program," Watkins said. "They are teachers and winners and will bring positive energy to our program. They have a mutual desire to help build a successful program."
Jackson replaces former Coastal Georgia assistant Tommy Yancey who accepted a high-school head coaching position earlier this summer. Jackson joins the Mariners after spending three years as head boys coach at Monroe Area in Walton County, where he led the Purple Hurricanes to the state playoffs all three seasons including two berths in the Sweet 16.
Jackson guided the Canes to 48 wins in three years after the program won just 10 games in the two previous seasons combined prior to his arrival. He had 10 players who signed with colleges during his time with the program.
Previously, Jackson was the associate head coach at Palm Beach Gardens High from 2009 through 2014. He also was a strength and conditioning intern at Georgia Tech from August 2008 through June 2009 and worked with the football, men's and women's basketball and swimming teams for the Yellow Jackets.
Jackson began his coaching career as the associated head coach at Seminole Ridge High, where he worked from 2005-2007.
He played college basketball at Palm Beach State, where he was named all-conference and helped the team to a 28-4 record in the 1999-2000 season. He served as team captain in the 2000-2001 season.
He would play at Central Methodist University his junior and senior seasons, winning the team's top newcomer award as a junior before serving as team captain as a senior.
Jackson completed his bachelor's degree in criminology at the Florida State University and later earned a master's degree in sports health science at Life University.
"Coach Jackson is a leader, teacher and great communicator," Watkins said. "He knows the game and will bring fresh ideas to our program. He will be responsible for scouting, weight training, game preparation, teaching guard play and coordinating recruiting."
Jackson said he is eager to get started with the Mariners.
"My family and I could not be happier with this opportunity that Coach Watkins has given us," he said. "Basketball has been a passion of mine since I can remember, and I will bring that passion with me to Coastal Georgia.
"I look forward to working with Coach Watkins to develop quality student-athletes as we transition to the Sun Conference, a conference I'm very familiar with. College of Coastal Georgia is a school that is competitive both academically and athletically. It is a very appealing place for students to attend, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
Moore, a Jesup native, will join the Mariners after completing his master's in counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic this past year.
He earned a bachelor's from Paine College in 2014 after also playing basketball at the Augusta school. He was a four-time member of the All-Academic Team in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during his career at Paine.
Moore served as a student assistant for the Lions in 2013-14 and also worked summer camps while playing for the team.
"Jared has spent a lot of time around the game," Watkins said. "He is constantly finding ways to get better. He will work closely with our post players on skill development and also will be responsible for film breakdown, scouting, recruiting, academics and other day-to-day operations within the program."
Moore also looks forward to working with the Mariners.
"I'm truly grateful for the opportunity that Coach Watkins and Coastal Georgia are giving me," he said. "I am thrilled about joining this great team that has been put together and having an amazing season with an awesome group of guys."