Monday, May 07, 2001

Withrow coach eyes Seton Hall job

Jackson would be reunited with Orr

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        George Jackson's days of teaching and coaching boys basketball at Withrow High School are coming to a end.

        After visiting Seton Hall University this weekend with his family, Jackson hinted Sunday he will probably accept an assistant coaching position at the South Orange, N.J., school.

        “This was the nicest weekend my family has had in a long time,” Jackson said. “We spent Friday with Louie Orr and his family and Saturday with (athletic director) Jeff Fogelson's family. I haven't laughed like that in a long time.”

        Named Seton Hall's men's head basketball coach after one year at Sienna University (20-11), Orr started talking with Jackson about an assistant position at the school.

        “Louie and I are best friends and he's the godfather of my daughter (Stephanie),” Jackson said. “I graduated from Withrow in 1974 and Louie in 1976. We've talked for 20 years about coaching together.”

        During Jackson's 20-year tenure at Withrow, the Tigers won 311 games and lost 146.

        Orr played college basketball at Syracuse and later for Indiana and New York in the NBA. Orr's first coaching position was under Jackson at Withrow in 1989. He later coached at Xavier and Providence under Pete Gillen.

        “The pluses outweigh the minuses and that's mainly be cause of Louie and Jeff,” Jackson said. “It's not as easy as you think. I'll figure everything out during the next few days and make a decision.”

        Jackson acknowledged uprooting the family will require sacrifices, including the high cost of living in the East.

        “We went through sticker shock this weekend,” Jackson said. “But we were impressed with the area and the people were exactly the opposite of what I was told. They were very nice to us.”


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