Jackson High names new football coach

By David Pan | Apr 05, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mason Siddick was recently hired as the new head football coach at Jackson High School.

Jackson’s new head football coach Mason Siddick believes that winning is contagious.

The major reason he was drawn to Jackson High School is because of the overall success of the school’s athletic programs.

“I think almost every sport at Jackson is competing in the playoffs, in a state tournament or championship game,” Siddick said. “I like that. To me the No. 1 thing for a program, a football team, is to have the whole department finding that type of success. There has to be a great support system from the administration to the A.D. and from just the whole staff. I wanted to be in a place that was successful and competitive and had great support. I felt Jackson had that.”

Siddick takes over for former head coach Joel Vincent, who stepped down after 21 years leading the Timberwolves.

Jackson’s new coach brings experience both at the collegiate and high school level.

Siddick spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Carroll College, a NAIA school located in Helena, Montana, where he also played football. The last two years Siddick was an assistant coach at Inglemoor and Snohomish high schools. He was the defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator with the Vikings and was the defensive line coach with the Panthers. In 2016, Siddick took a year off from the sidelines and realized that coaching was indeed his passion. Siddell said he needed to get back into the game.

Siddick was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States with his family in 2001. He graduated from Lake Washington High School. Siddick remembers playing against Jackson and all-state running back Johnie Kirton in the playoffs. Siddick’s mother and father live in Snohomish. He also has two older sisters and a younger brother in the area.

As a player at Carroll College, Siddick was a co-captain of the 2010 team that won a national championship.

While the college and high school games are the same, the way practices are run differ.

“In a two hour practice at college, that whole two hours might be spent on defense,” Siddick said. “A two-hour high school practice might be 50 percent offense, 50 perfect defense. Then you have special teams. There’s a lack of time. You have to do a really good job of simplifying things, breaking things down to the fundamentals so you can put the players in the best position to succeed.”

As an assistant coach, Siddick loved observing the head coaches and soaking up their approach to working with players.

“You can learn so much from other people,” he said. “You gain great insight on how to run a program. You pick up things from each coach.”

To start out Siddick will be a substitute teacher in the district. His goal is to eventually teach at Jackson High School.

“Right now I try to be on campus as much as I can be,” he said.

Siddick emphasized that his approach puts team ahead of individuals. No one should expect special treatment.

“I’m one of those who believes that the sum is greater than each individual part,” he said. “It’s all about teamwork. It’s all about being one. No one is above the team. A superstar is held to the same standard. Accountability is huge.”

Jackson finished 2-5 in the Wesco 4A and was 4-6 overall last season. Two years ago, the Timberwolves went 3-4 and 3-7 but advanced to the playoffs.

Siddick described his coaching philosophy as being based on three pillars – attitude, habit and execution.

“They all go hand in hand,” he said. “Attitude shapes habits. Habits shape execution. If we can be strong in everything, we should find success.

“I’m big on competing. I believe competition breeds success. It brings out the best in you or exposes what you really are. We will compete, compete, compete.”

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