Warner Robins brothers take on coaching together

awoolen@macon.comFebruary 26, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Cedrick, Jonathon and Josh Jackson grew up playing basketball in Macon and Warner Robins.

Now the trio is giving back to the sport they love.

The Jacksons coach a 13- and 14-year-old Warner Robins Recreation Department basketball team as well as a group of 5- and 6-year-olds.

Like most children growing up in the 1990s, the brothers watched the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan.

“We all wanted to be like Mike,” Cedrick said.

With five years of coaching under their belts, they have earned two championships in the older age division.

Graduates of Warner Robins High School, Cedrick, 25, and Josh, 23, went to play basketball at Middle Georgia College in Cochran while Jonathon, 21, went to Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania to play football.

“We all played ball, and we thought we should get a team,” Cedrick said.

During most of the regular season games, Cedrick and Josh, who both sport long braids, traded off standing up and calling plays to the Suns, the team of 13- and 14-year-olds.

All three agree the reason they chose to coach was to be an inspiration to children.

“I just love kids and watching them get involved,” Josh said.

Jonathon is quick to point out that a player’s grades are most important. He will head to Valdosta State University in June to finish his degree in sports management. Cedrick and Josh work for FedEx.

From late November through the end of February, the brothers have given up many days of the week to help foster their players’ development in basketball.

The older age group is a favorite for Cedrick because it becomes more than just the fundamentals but the honing of a player’s skill instead of just baby-sitting like with the younger ages.

At practice, Cedrick and Josh go through drills of driving through the lane, spinning and shooting and defensive plays.

“Spin, pull up and shoot,” Cedrick shouted to one of his players during a Sunday practice at Tabor Academy.

As the teenagers followed their coach’s instructions, each one seemed to improve.

“We can really teach them,” Cedrick said.

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