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Morton College is the place to be for new AD Jacklin

By Morton College News | Posted August 21, 2015

Billy Jacklin couldn’t ask to be in a better place than as athletic director at Morton College.

“It’s a dream come true to run a college athletic department in the neighborhood I grew up in,” said the lifelong Berwyn resident, a two-sport standout at Morton High School in basketball and soccer. “Everyone here is very friendly and helpful. It’s a nice place to be at.”

The Jacklin family is a huge part of the Berwyn landscape. His family owns Jack’s Rental, a third-generation business that sells, services and rents power tools. Billy, however, found his calling in the educational field. He has a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree from Carthage College in exercise sports science.

“I always wanted to get into college athletics,” said Jacklin, who also picked up his K-12 teaching certificate at Carthage. “While I have the itch to be on the sidelines, having the chance to oversee a college athletic program is pretty cool.”

Jacklin, the second cousin of highly successful prep basketball coach Rick Malnati, spent the last seven years teaching at the elementary and middle school levels in Berwyn. He also coached boys and girls soccer and boys basketball at Morton High School as well, which gives Jacklin inroads in converting current Mustangs into future Panthers.

He attended Morton West High School and was part of some very successful Morton teams. Jacklin was the starting goalie on an Elite Eight boys soccer team and a starting forward on the first boys basketball team to capture a regional title in 32 years.

Jacklin, who started at Morton College in July, knows the name of the game in college athletics is recruiting. He played four years of men’s basketball at Carthage and was the Redmen’s captain for his final two seasons.

“We want to provide our student-athletes with every opportunity that they need to move on from Morton College to a four-year school,” Jacklin said. “I believe we can do this by having a knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaching staff, and student-athletes with a strong work ethic, in and out of the classroom. The goal is to send our student-athletes to their desired destination in two years from when they started.”

Jacklin inherited a strong foundation left by retired athletic director Rich Fullriede. He’s glad to have Athletic Success Coordinator Nydia Jaimes, supportive academic advisors and a veteran coaching staff on board.

“We have a strong foundation in place,” Jacklin said. “They’ll get our student-athletes into the proper classes and be able guide them to the proper places if they need help. Our student-athletes have to set goals, too. Going day-by-day doesn’t cut it. You have to have goals in place.”

Juan Franco (men’s and women’s soccer), Tom Malesky (volleyball and softball), Larry Lanciotti (women’s basketball) and Gus Coronado (men’s and women’s cross country) are athletic department mainstays, combining for nearly 70 years of coaching service at Morton College. Conte Stamas (men’s basketball) is in his seventh season, but he has 25 addition years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and high school levels sandwiched in between his two terms of duty at Morton College.

“We have a very experienced coaching staff,” Jacklin noted. “They are great teachers and students of the sports they coach.”

Jacklin’s long-range goals are to upgrade Morton College’s current facilities, add programs and build an on-campus facility for soccer, baseball and softball.

“If athletics keeps growing and gets stronger, it will help our enrollment,” Jacklin said. “If you get off I-55 and see a baseball/soccer facility, it would be very appealing to the eye and make Morton College that much more desirable.”

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