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Jackson Academy

Head Coach David Sykes

Jackson Academy

David Sykes
Head Football Coach

Coach Profile

Coach David Sykes, from Indianola, MS, graduated from Delta State University in 1978. His coaching career began in the fall of 1978 at Washington  School. In 1986, he became the head football coach with the team, winning 101 games through 1999. He was named “Coach of the Year” four times and was selected to coach in the MPSA All Star football game seven times. After the 1999 season, Coach Sykes retired from coaching and became the school’s Principal and Athletic Director until 2005.

In 2005, Sykes joined the junior high football staff at Jackson Academy as Head Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. In four seasons, his record was 31-0 and the team won four straight North AAA Championships. In 2009, Coach Sykes was named Head Varsity Football Coach at Jackson Academy. During his first season, the Raiders had a 12-1 record and won the North AAA and State AAA Championships. Sykes was awarded the 2009 North AAA Coach of the Year, Clarion Ledger Metro Coach of the Year, and was selected to be head coach in the MAIS All Star football game. In 2010 and 2011, the Raiders won North AAA and State AAA Championships again, and Sykes received additional Coach of the Year awards. In 2014, Coach David Sykes was named the Athletic Director for Jackson Academy. Read More

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Jackson Academy Raiders are a strong high school football team out of Jackson, Mississippi, with a talented and experienced head coach leading
the way. Coach David Sykes, a recipient of multiple “Coach of the Year” awards, has coached the Raiders to a five-year record of 58-7. Since Coach
Sykes joined the varsity team five years ago, they have played in the State AAA Championship game every year and won in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

The Jackson Academy coaching staff had the opportunity to try out the effectiveness and clarity of the CoachComm Connex system many years
ago, and Coach Sykes said they “were very pleased with the quality of the product and the service.” Of course, when the time came to replace the
existing coaches’ communications equipment in 2006, the choice was clear — it was time to bring in CoachComm, the choice of championship teams
across America.

“We use a five-headset system and our coaches’ communication is outstanding, both on the field and in the press box.”

The Raiders have been using Connex for several years, and Coach Sykes is very satisfied with the decision to make the change. “We use a five-headset system and our coaches’ communication is outstanding both on the field and in the press box. I would highly recommend Connex for your athletic communication needs.”

The reliability of the Connex system and CoachComm customer service has proven to be a great investment for the Raiders.