Apple Valley Athletic Director Pete Buesgens announced via press release Tuesday afternoon the retirement of longtime wrestling coach Jim Jackson. The release read:
"Apple Valley High School has announced that Head Wrestling Coach Jim Jackson has retired from coaching. He plans to continue teaching in District 196. Jackson’s desire to spend more time with his family is the key element to this decision.
"Jim Jackson has been a part of all 20 state championship teams at Apple Valley High School. He was an assistant coach for 15 years before becoming the head coach in 1995-96. His career record of 619-26-3 gives him the highest winning percentage (95.8%) in the history of Minnesota wrestling. Jackson’s teams have won the last 7 Class AAA State Championships and 11 of the past 12 state titles. In the past three seasons, the team has finished ranked first in the nation twice (2010, 2011) and third once (2012). His individual wrestlers have had the same unbelievable success. As the head coach, 169 wrestlers have made it to the state tournament, with 131 placing, including 56 individual state champions.
"Beyond the wins and losses, Coach Jackson has been a dedicated professional in the coaching and teaching world. Over the past 32 years, his impact on thousands of student-athletes is immeasurable. Apple Valley High School was fortunate to have one of the top coaches in the country, advancing the sport of wrestling on the state and national level. This is evident by his multiple “National Coach of the Year” awards.
"The school is now accepting applications. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Pete Buesgens, AVHS Athletic Director, by May 25th"
Messages to Buesgens and Jackson have been left by the Star Tribune.