SEWANEE, Tenn. - Sewanee Director of Athletics Mark Webb has announced the hiring of Layton Jackson as the next Director of Athletic Communications for Sewanee Athletics. Effective August 1, he will be responsible for the promotion for the Tigers' 24 varsity sports.
"I am pleased to welcome Layton to the University of the South as our new Director of Athletic Communications. His abiding appreciation of Sewanee's athletic traditions, his superior technical skill set and his outstanding work ethic set him apart during the search process. I anticipate the communications effort for our 24 varsity sports will thrive with Layton's leadership," quoted Webb.
Jackson comes to Sewanee from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. as a graduate assistant in the Athletics Communication department, where he was the lead statistician for all 17 sports, as well as serving as media contacts for the volleyball, baseball, women's basketball, cross country/track and field and men's and women's soccer teams during his two seasons at the NCAA Division III institution.
Working with the Blazers from 2015-17, Jackson also portrayed his voice as the play-by-play broadcaster for the baseball program on the Blazers Sports Network, and he was the voice during the Blazers' softball run at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) postseason, including calling play-by-play at the NCCAA World Series for the Green and Gold.
While at Belhaven, he helped one student-athlete to Academic All-America honors with the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Prior to his time in Mississippi, the Birmingham, Ala. native worked as an intern at the Gulf South Conference in Birmingham as its Sports Information Coordinator during the 2014-15 academic year.
He was the primary media contact for the volleyball, tennis and golf programs at the Division II conference. He also assisted with media for the conference cross country, basketball and tennis championships. He also assisted with updating the conference record books.
Prior to the Gulf South, Jackson spent nine years at his high school alma mater, Parkway Christian Academy in Birmingham as the school's Sports Information Director.
In 2003, he was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, a disease affecting the left hip, limiting his mobility to walk. Unable to play sports, he wanted to help out in athletics in any way he physically could. During his freshman year of high school, the junior high boys basketball coach gave him the opportunity to keep the scorebook for both the girls and boys teams.
After the basketball season ended, the athletic department took notice of the work he did with the basketball program. Because of this, he escalated in the spring semester by becoming the varsity baseball statistician.
During his time at Parkway, Jackson was head statistician for both varsity boys and girls basketball teams, scoreboard operator for the varsity volleyball, basketball and football teams, public address announcer and sound board operator, news reporter for all sports and assistant coach duties for cross country and basketball.
"I would like to thank Mark Webb and Dickie McCarthy for their interest in hiring me for the position, and I am excited for the new opportunity," quoted Jackson. "This is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in the sport industry, as well as in the athletic communications field. I am excited to get to know everybody and I am ready to get to work."
Along with his active membership with CoSIDA, he has membership with the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration from Samford University in May 2015. He also holds two associate degrees from Jefferson State Community College in Arts and Religious Studies. He is continuing work on his Master's Degree from Belhaven University in Sports Administration.