Dr. Mike Smith, President - 903.589.7106 -

Athletic Director

Jacksonville College is proud to announce the promotion of Ken Hamilton, Sr. to the position of athletic director.

A native of Troup, Texas, Ken began playing golf at a very early age. He was a member of the golf team at Troup High School, where he shot an unprecedented 62 at the High School Men’s Regional Tournament in 1981.

Ken began his collegiate career at Jacksonville College, where he continued playing competitive golf and where he met and married his wife, Teri. Ken and Teri have been married 36 years and have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he will complete his Master of Athletic Administration this fall. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and spent 28 years in supervision and management in the freight industry, most recently in New Orleans, before returning to his East Texas roots.

In the fall of 2017, Ken joined the staff of Jacksonville College as Athletic Department intern and assistant golf coach. The following semester, he served as the assistant athletic director while continuing his responsibilities as the assistant golf coach.

Because of his background in management and his success as Jacksonville College’s assistant athletic director, Ken will make an outstanding athletic director. He is highly respected by JC students and staff, and he has proven to be an effective recruiter.

Ken fully embraces Jacksonville College’s mission statement of “challenging minds, transforming lives.” As a believer in Christ, he is proud to be a part of an educational institution that places great emphasis on ministering to the spiritual needs of the student as well as the educational needs. Ken is an ordained deacon, and he and Teri attend Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville College Athletic Department also welcomes Savannah Carter as head coach for women’s basketball, and Martin Melchor as head coach for both the Jaguar and Lady Jaguar soccer programs.

Please pray for our faculty, staff, and students as they begin a new semester on August 15. Pray for the salvation of those who are lost. Pray for the spiritual growth of those who are saved. Pray for revival at Jacksonville College.

Upcoming Events

31st Annual JC Golf Tournament

Shotgun Start at 7:30 a.m. on October 6

Cherokee Ranch Golf Club, Jacksonville Texas

Contact Ken Hamilton at, (903) 589-7130

Homecoming 2019

February 1-2

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