Kerrick Jackson hits a home run in the presser hahahahahahahahahahaha get it?
If you’ve read Rock M Nation before, you know we don’t put much long-term stock into hiring pressers. It’s almost impossible to come out of them looking bad, and you rarely learn much of use about how the new coach will lead or execute.
But even we can’t deny when tears are involved.
"It's not very often that you can stand and say, 'Goal Accomplished'"— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) June 5, 2023
New #Mizzou baseball coach Kerrick Jackson called this his "dream job".
You could see that emotion in his opening statement. pic.twitter.com/ilT13u8pFF
Kerrick Jackson was effusive in his excitement and praise for Mizzou Baseball, his confidence and passion clear. He won at least one important person over in the process.
But in Jackson, [former Mizzou baseball star Ian] Kinsler sees hope.
“This is his dream job,” Kinsler said Monday after Jackson’s introductory news conference at Taylor Stadium. “If we take all the past experiences that he’s had in his life, what he’s done with his passion, his energy, his commitment and then also add the fact that he’s familiar with (Mizzou) ... it all just made complete sense that this is the right person to lead this program.”
For years I've been hearing about a disconnect between the #Mizzou baseball program & their alumni, especially the big league guys.— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) June 6, 2023
Former Tiger & MLB All-Star Ian Kinsler says new coach Kerrick Jackson can rebuild that bridge.
Desiree Reed-Francois says the Athletic Department is looking at ways the program can “methodically” invest in baseball. However, the early spring Missouri weather isn’t going away.
I asked #Mizzou Athletics Director Desiree Reed-Francois about MU's investment in the baseball program moving forward. Listen to her answer ⤵️— Nathalie Jones (@NathalieABC17) June 5, 2023
One solid point: you can't change the weather pic.twitter.com/xLQqY3BwpB
DRF also spoke about Jackson’s approach to looking at programs as a reason for hiring him, including how he approaches all aspects of building a culture.
“He looks very strategically at programs,” Reed-Francois said while introducing Jackson. “He maximizes their advantages and he builds competitive cultures, evidenced in the two programs he has led.”
That was enough for DRF and the school to put money on the table. Jackson won’t be the SEC’s lowest-paid coach, a distinction Steve Bieser held. And Jackson has had assurances that further investment is coming.
According to a memorandum of understanding released by MU athletics, Jackson will get a raise compared to his predecessor, who made $475,000 in 2022. The new coach will get a five-year deal, with $675,000 in guaranteed compensation for 2023, which will increase by $25,000 per season.
Kortay will have a piece with his thoughts on the hire early this morning.
Yesterday at Rock M
- In which Parker examines how each of the current Mizzou Men’s Basketball transfers fit on the 2023-2024 roster
- In which Dive Cuts did a rewind with the Connor Vanover news
- Connor Vanover is another big addition to Mizzou’s transfer class, and Evan Miya’s numbers say it makes the Tigers one of the strongest classes in the country.
- That wasn’t the only news around the basketball program yesterday. Dennis Gates officially added to the staff on Monday. With the loss of Michael Fly in the offseason, he had an extra spot on staff.
Missouri's Dennis Gates is hiring former Valparaiso head coach Matt Lottich as special assistant to the head coach, source told @stadium.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 5, 2023
And the new guys and gals moved in!
- In what seems to be an obvious move, Bud’s BBQ is partnering with #TigerStyle stud Keegan O’Toole for an NIL partnership.
- Josh Lester is already producing in Baltimore!
First Major League hit for Josh Lester!! pic.twitter.com/Hx4mncSF3e— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 4, 2023
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