Layton Jackson enters his first season as Director of Athletic Communications at Sewanee, where he is the overseerer of all 24 varsity sports for Tigers Athletics.
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. He also was the voice during the Blazers’ softball run at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) postseason in 2016, 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.
Outside of the athletic department, Jackson is a member of the Sewanee Chorale, an organization with the Sewanee Community Chest of the Sewanee Civic Association. During his undergraduate days, he sung with the Samford University Chorale and A Cappella Choir and the Jefferson State Chorus and Singers, as well as singing for his home church, the First United Methodist Church of Center Point.
Along with his active membership with CoSIDA, he has membership with the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA). 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.