Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/2/14
Kim Jackson, who coached Henderson to three straight District 1 championship and five consecutive appearances in the district finals from 1996-2000 in a standout 28-year stint, recently resigned as head girls’ lacrosse coach.
Jackson, a member of the Eastern PA Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame as well as the Conestoga High and University of Delaware Halls of Fame, said it was simply time to step down.
“I love the kids and if I didn’t have the connection with them still by coaching in (Coach) Duck;s Clinics and by teaching, it would be harder,” she said.
“There is never a good time (to step down), but someone gave me the opportunity 28 years ago and now is the time to give that to somebody else.”
Jackson had an amazing run when Henderson won district (also considered state titles since few teams in the central and west regions were playing and there was only one class in SE Pennsylvania) crown in 1996, ’97 and ’98. Henderson lost the District 1 Class AAA title games the next two years to Conestoga.
Jackson won Ches-Mont League titles from 1996-2000 and also in 1993. Last year her squad had one of its best seasons in years, finishing 15-4 while taking second in the Ches-Mont League before falling to Boyertown, 12-11, in the second round of the District 1 tourney.
Jackson has been replaced by former Henderson and West Chester University great Steph Kienle. “It’s great that all the coaches are Henderson grads,” Jackson said. “That says a lot about the program.”
Jackson was one of the top goalkeepers in NCAA women’s lacrosse history and led Delaware to three national lacrosse titles in the early 1980s. Jackson played every minute of all 70 games during her career and helped lead the Hens to a four-year record of 60-9-1.
The Hens won Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national titles in 1981 and 1982 and an NCAA Division I title in 1983 over mighty Temple. Jackson earned All-America and All-NCAA Tournament honors in 1982 and was a member of the U.S. national lacrosse team.
She was inducted into the U of D Hall of Fame in 2006, the same year she was inducted into the Conestoga Hall and the same year she was announced as an Eastern PA Hall of Fame inductee.