South Jefferson Spartans


Stephen Jackowski has been associated with wrestling for forty-one years, twenty-three as a coach. Steve atteded Long Island Agricultural and Technical College, Cortland State Teachers' College (Bachelor of Arts Degree) and East Carolina University (Masters of Arts Degree).

From 1960 to 1983, Coach Stephen Jackowski built and ran a winning wrestling program at South Jefferson Central School in Adams, NY. His teams captured Class Championships in Section III in 1973,'74,'75, and 1979. They were Ontario and Frontier League champions seven times and runners up eleven times. They were League Tournament Champions five times and runners up four times. They also won their share of several Invitational Team Tournament Championships. One hundred thirty eight of his wrestlers won individual tournament championships, and fifteen of them were chosen Most Outstanding Wrestlers. His dual meet record stands at 269 - 45 - 2.

Coach Jackowski also gave generously of his time and efforts to improve and promote wrestling. He was instrumental in the development of the A, B, C, and D classification system in Section III. He served as Chairman of the Frontier League for a number of years. He was president of the Watertown Wrestling Officials Association. He spent fourteen years as a Section III Committee Member. He also served as the Section III Class C Tournament Director for several years.

He has taken his coaching talents on the road by serving as a Feature Clinician at Medalist Camps held at St. Lawrence University, East Carolina University and the Adirondack Sports Camp. He was the director of a Cultural Exchange Meet between the USA and Poland held at the Watertown High School. His articles have been published in "Scholastic Wrestling" and "Amateur Wrestling News".

Coach Jackowski received a Certificate Of National Achievement from "Scholastic Wrestling News" when he coached his 100th career win many years ago. Since then, he has received the NYS Honor Award in 1980, a Section III Service Award in 1982, induction into the Section III Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Frontier League Meritorious Service Award, also in 1989. In 1981, Coach Jackowski was honored by the National High School Athletic Association with its Coach of the Year Award, District 1. In 2005, Coach Jackowski was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Stillwater, OK).

His teams produced 35 Frontier League Individual Champions, 29 Class Champions, 6 State Championship place winners, one Eastern Intercollegiate champion, and one Division III Champion. He has two sons, Stephen and David, each of whom wrestled for him and earned Class Championships in 1981 and 1983, respectively.

Coach Jackowski ventured into Division I collegiate wrestling during the 1970 -1971 season when he served as assistant coach to John Welborn at East Carolina University which won the North Carolina State Championship that season.