A North Side alum and a Jackson Sports Hall of Famer returns home to lead
JACKSON, Tenn. - After spending the past 26 years in Hardeman County, Jackson native Rick Rudesill is finally coming home. Rudesill, a North Side High School graduate and three-time TSSAA state championship coach at Bolivar Central, has been named Director of Basketball Operations for boys basketball at the Jackson Central-Merry 6-12 campus.
“When I was at North Side and just growing up, JCM was the school; whether in band or athletically and academically. Having the chance to help bring back some of that is enticing,” Rudesill said.
Rudesill is among the most successful high school coaches in the state. His resume includes more than 860 wins, 12 state tournament appearances and 3 state titles. Six of his former players were Mr. Basketball finalists; two went on to win the award. Rudesill spent the last 18 of his 26 years in Bolivar coaching boys and girls basketball. His experience and success make him uniquely qualified to develop and oversee the reemerging boys basketball program at JCM.
“The athletic program at JCM will be one that students are eager to join and alumni will be proud to reconnect with. With JCM expected to resume varsity play in basketball this year, experience was critical for this hire. Coach Rudesill has a track record of professionalism and winning that will benefit the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Marlon King.
A 2015 Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Rudesill lettered in baseball and basketball at North Side before completing a storied basketball career at Union University; he held career records for most games played and most 3-point shots made in a season. He began his coaching career at the University School of Jackson in 1991.