“I just really appreciate the whole support from the institution, and I just want to make a difference and that is the bottom line,” Jackson said. “You know my whole life has been about trying to make a difference and trying to make things better.”
Jackson was named the head men’s basketball coach before the 2014-15 season, and has led the Tigers to a 44-16 record over the last two seasons. In just his second season, Jackson’s team won the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the first time in 10 years. He was named SIAC coach of the year. Jackson served as the assistant athletic director as well the past two years.
"We are extremely excited about having Mr. Donte Jackson take over as Athletic Director at Stillman College and building upon the good work that was done by Mrs. Cassandra Moorer," Stillman president Dr. Peter Millet said. "He is the right man, in the right place, at the right time. We are confident he will excel in this new role and we look forward to great things with Mr. Jackson and the Stillman athletic program."
Jackson said that he has many things on the horizon to get done. The first task he said will be hiring a new women’s basketball coach to fill the vacancy that Morrer left.
“We are going to make sure we get the best person here that is qualified to coach women, win and compete at a high level,” Jackson said. “No matter what we want our programs to reflect competing at a high level.”
Jackson also said that he is looking at bringing back athletic programs. In December, Stillman announced that it would move from the SIAC in NCAA division II to the Gulf South Athletic Conference in the NAIA. Stillman also announced that it would be dropping all of its athletic programs except men’s and women’s basketball following the 2015-2016 school year. Stillman was granted a four-year grace period to add back four sports to reach the six-team NAIA minimum.
“One of the things I want to do is just make sure we move everything back into a positive light and make sure bring some programs back in due time, and help the institution grow enrollment. That’s the bottom line,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he is looking forward to serving the position and knows it will be hard to do along with coaching, but he said he is ready for the challenge. As he said he wants to make a difference and put Stillman athletics in a “positive light” again.