Norman Jackson

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2013

Sixty-five years ago, Norman “Shot” Jackson completed one of the most impressive careers for a student-athlete in Florida history. A graduate of Don Thomas Vocational High school in Tampa, Jackson was a three-time All-County and All-State player in football and basketball who was also selected as the state Player of the Year in both sports.

He went on to become one of the premier two-sport athletes in the history of Tuskegee University and is enshrined in the school’s Hall of Fame. During his four-year tenure, he was tabbed to the All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team twice in football and four times in basketball.

Once Jackson left Tuskegee, he wound up as the head coach of Gibbs Junior College in St. Petersburg and developed a powerhouse, winning Black Athletic Association (BAA) Coach of the Year honors six times and guiding the program to five BAA state basketball titles. For his efforts, Jackson is a member of the Florida Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Florida Community Colleges Men’s Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Gibbs Junior College Hall of Fame.

While his athletic accomplishments are vast, he has conducted coaches clinics, summer basketball camps at no charge and is widely acknowledged as an honorable gentleman that has done much for the advancement of African-American coaches and athletes at the high school, junior college and collegiate level.

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