After going on leave in January to assess his future, David Jackson, the Voice of the Mountaineers and an associate athletic director, handed in his resignation in order to pursue a more balanced life.
During his four months away from Kidd Brewer Stadium, The Rock, Jackson realized that the 14-hour days and weekends on the road weren’t the lifestyle he wanted to give his wife, Leila, and children Maren (9) and Louisa (4).
“I’ve wanted a lot of things in my life, and I’ve wanted a family — and a thriving family — more than anything, from the time I was 10 years old. I want to make sure that’s the primary focus of life, and they deserve as much attention as I can give them, and I wasn’t able to give them enough attention,” Jackson said. “(Or) give myself enough attention; my health is fine, but I put on weight and took off weight and that particular lifestyle wasn’t working for me and family. So, I made the decision that they come first, and everything else will take care of itself.
The time away also gave Jackson a chance to confront the emotions that came with the loss of his mother, Natalie, in 2012. “I was still carrying a lot of that baggage around with me, because I didn’t stop,” he said. “To have some time to just stop and say, ‘Where are things?’ We don’t often get that chance in our life to take a week or two weeks, or even a month to sit down and assess where we are in life, and I needed that badly.”
Raised in Greensboro, Jackson began his broadcasting career as a student intern at App State in 1996, working as a sideline reporter and color analyst. Just before graduating in 2000, Jackson took over as basketball play-by-play announcer and was name full-time director of external operations later that year.
Jackson has twice been named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year, with National Sports Media Association peers giving him that honor in 2007 and 2012.
In 2004, he was elevated to associate athletic director for broadcast operations and was on the mic for each of the Mountaineers’ three national championships, but he is most well-known for his call of App State’s stunning victory over Michigan in 2007, screaming, “The Mountaineers of Appalachian State have just beaten the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House!”
Both App State and Jackson tried to come up with a plan that would allow him to stay on with more flexibility, but ultimately, things didn’t work out.
“So, in a friendly way, we decided it was best for everybody involved for me to resign and they will be able to have that structure work for them, and I’m comfortable in knowing I will be able to find something that will suit me professionally, but also the balance and family life I’m looking for…”
David Jackson resigns at “Voice of the Mountaineers” http://goo.gl/B99wQ7
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