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Jim Jackson

Jim Jackson

Clackamas Community College
Class of 2011

Jim started as wrestling coach at Clackamas in 1989. He was the wrestling coach from 1989-1992. In 1991, he became the director of athletics, health and physical education. In 2000, Jim was awarded the Dutch Triebwasser Award, which is given to NWAACC's outstanding athletic administrator.

Jim served as an athletic commissioner for 18 years. He was hands on with his athletic programs, often time announcing at games or meets, helping with finishing chute at cross country events and making sure his programs were the best they could be. During this tenure at Clackamas, the Cougar athletic programs brought home a combined total of 40 NWAACC championships.

On May 2, 2015, Jim was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Along with competing & coaching the sport, Jim supported wrestling for years as an official. The Oregon Chapter honored him with a National Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award.

During his illustrious career, Jim coached, among others, Lloyd Keaser (Olympic Silver Medalist, 1976, and World Champion, 1973), Greg Gibson (Olympic Silver Medalist, 1984), Matt Lindland, (Olympic Silver Medalist, 2000) and Dan Mello, (World Champion Runner-Up 2001, five-time U.S. Open Greco-Roman Champion and Olympian).

Jim retired from Clackamas in 2009 and continued to be involved with Cougar athletics assisting with their own Hall of fame and attending events. He also continued to serve the NWAACC/NWAC as the league's Compliance Manager until his passing in October 2018.

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