Jackson signs on for double duty

After engineering a turnaround of the Pacific University's men's tennis program over the last five years, Brian Jackson will assume the leadership of both of the Boxers' tennis teams next season.

Pacific Director of Athletics Ken Schumann named Jackson as the school's director of tennis last week. In his new role, Jackson will be head coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams. Jackson replaces Sarah Ansboury, who departed after two years as the head women's tennis coach.

'Brian has done an exceptional job turning around our men's tennis program and making it a contender for the conference title,' Schumann said. 'I have every confidence that Brian will be successful in leading our talented women's program while maintaining a high level of success in our men's program.'

Jackson said he is excited to begin work with the women's program, building upon the success he has experienced as the men's head coach. After winning just one match in his first season, Jackson led the 2012 Pacific men to a 13-6 overall record and a second-place finish in the Northwest Conference with an 11-1 mark.

'Over the last few years, the men's program has developed a strong recipe for success while the women's program has struggled to find a consistent winning formula,' Jackson said. 'My goal is to develop a successful tennis program at Pacific University, rather than two individual teams.

'My assistant coaches and I will provide the women's program with the time and attention it deserves to reach its potential, while assuring the men's program continues on it's charge towards a conference title.'

The Pacific women have experienced some success over that time. The Boxers advanced to the NWC Tournament in 2009 and the team just missed the four-team tourney this year, finishing with a 6-6 NWC mark. The team's two seniors, Cathlene Goya and Megan Yoshimoto, were both four-time All-NWC selections.

'This year's graduating seniors achieved a great deal of success and did such a wonderful job of putting this program on the map,' Jackson said. 'Although anyone in my position would love to have a couple more years with them, I am excited to help our young players follow in their footsteps while developing their own identity.'

Vikings host boys basketball camp

The Forest Grove boys basketball program will be hosting a youth clinic from June 25-28.

The clinic will have two sessions each day, with players in grades 2-5 at the Tom McCall West gymnasium and players in grades 6-10 at Tom McCall East. The camp will cost $60 per player and will run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. each day.

The camp is geared toward the instruction of fundamentals to each individual athlete, and is dedicated to Forest Grove area youth basketball and the development of quality players and quality citizens.

A typical day will consist of warm-ups, team and full-court drills, individual instruction, and advanced offensive skill development. Also, we will spend extra time working on team offenses and defenses.

The camp will be run by Forest Grove varsity basketball coach Greg Evers and will also feature instruction from assistant coach Mark Roche and Forest Grove High School players.

Brochures are available at Forest Grove High School or Frye's Action Athletics. Pre-registration ends on June 15, but players can register on the first day of the camp.

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