ELIZABETH, NJ – Jamil Jackson, a graduate of Elizabeth public schools, was named head coach of the Elizabeth High School football team by the Board of Education at the July 21 meeting.

The announcement was met by standing ovation and applause from the audience that included family members, friends, and supporters. “It feels great to be back,” Jackson said. “It is exhilarating. I have a large family still here in Elizabeth. My mother and father are still here. I am grateful for all their support.”

Jackson brings many years of experience both as a coach and a player to his new position. Growing up downtown Elizabeth in the shadow of St. Patrick’s, Jackson played football for Elizabeth High School from 1985 to 1988. He went to Rutgers on a football scholarship, playing from 1990 to 1993, and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

As a coach, he worked in Elizabeth, from 1995 to 2000, then again 2004 to 2005. His coaching experience includes New Jersey City University and Linden High School. He was most recently the coach in Lakewood.