Rochester, NY (January 10, 2023) – The state’s premier football program has tabbed one of the premier athletes to ever come out of Rochester as its new head varsity football coach.
Former Syracuse University and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Maurice Jackson is the new head football coach at The Aquinas Institute, the most successful high school football program in New York State, winners of eight NYSPHSAA Football Championships, the most of any school since the tournament began in 1993.
Coach Jackson is one of Rochester’s most decorated athletes, and, his success on the field has translated into great passion and success as a coach. His first foray into coaching was at SUNY Morrisville from 2008 to 2009 as the wide receivers’ coach. From 2010 to 2014, he was at the University of Rochester as coach of the wide receivers and special teams. In 2016, he started The Moe Jackson Speed & Skills School and the Speed Factory, which teach speed and skills training to football players from five-year-old’s up to professional athletes. This past season, Coach Jackson joined the Li’l Irish as the team’s wide receivers’ coach.
“I am so thrilled to be leading such a historic football program,” Coach Jackson said. “Aquinas is the most well-known football program in the state, and I am so excited to utilize my playing and coaching experience to instill the goodness, discipline, and knowledge that are trademarks of Aquinas football, and returning our program back to the success that the Aquinas family has grown accustomed to.”
A 1997 graduate of John Marshall High School, Coach Jackson was the 1996 All-Greater Rochester/Super 22 Co-Player of the Year in football, and as a track star, he was an 11-time state champion, thus leading the Rochester Press Radio Club to naming him their Male Athlete of the Year in 1997.
After high school, Coach Jackson was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Syracuse University football program under coach Paul Pasqualoni. In his senior year, Coach Jackson helped lead the Orange to an Insight.com Bowl win and a final national ranking of 14 in both the Coaches and AP Polls. He capped off his college football career off by being invited to and playing in the 2002 Hula Bowl All-Star Game.
Coach Jackson has played professional football with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills (2002), the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League (2003), and the Rochester Raiders of the Continental Indoor Football League (2006-2008). He helped the Raiders win the league championship in 2007 and is the team’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns, return touchdowns, and receptions.