KATIE JACKSON: Key Player In Satellite Scorpions Soccer Dynasty, Standout Scorer At Every Level
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // April 28, 2017
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
ABOVE VIDEO: KATIE JACKSON – Key Player In Satellite Scorpions Soccer Dynasty, Standout Scorer At Every Level
2017 PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEE
COG IN SATELLITE HIGH’S SOCCER DYNASTY
- Gatorade Player of the Year
- All-Conference-USA First Team
- Won Championship in New Zealand
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Perhaps no other school or sport is represented more in the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame than the Satellite Scorpions girls’ soccer teams from 2000 until 2009. This year, the Hall of Fame welcomes yet another standout player from some of those teams, Katie Jackson.
Like those inducted before her, Ashlyn Harris, Courtney Baines Lundy, her teammate Ella Stephen and one of the greatest coach’s in Brevard County soccer history, Fitzgerald “Fidgi” Haig, Jackson was part of championship winning teams while accomplishing amazing individual feats on the pitch.
Jackson was a two-time co-captain for the Scorpions where she scored goals in the semi and state finals in 2007 as Satellite captured the Class 5A championship.
She produced eye popping numbers on the picth during her senior season at Satellite, scoring 50 goals and adding 30 assists.
For her efforts Jackson was named the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008. Championships were a common theme throughout Jackson’s career.
Aside from the state title with Satellite, Jackson played for Haig and the Space Coast United club team that captured three straight Florida Youth Soccer Association State Cups in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Her trophy case is packed with awards. She was named an Orlando Sharks 2007-08 Annual Elite 11 Pro Prospect, won Satellite’s Golden Boot Award and was All-Space Coast Conference pick for several seasons.
Following high school, Jackson attended UCF where, as a freshman in 2008, she played in all 23 matches and totaled three goals and four assists for 10 points. Upping her game as a sophomore, she scored 12 points.
In her junior year she started all 23 games, scored six goals, three of which were game-winners, added 11 assists, ended the season with 19 points and was named to the All-Conference-USA First Team, as well as the NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team.
UCF would have one of their best years in program history in her senior season.
Jackson’s leadership helped propel the Knights to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, capping a career at UCF where the Knights made the post season in each of her four seasons there.
Following her UCF days she traveled to Europe and New Zealand to continue her career. On two occasions she played for one of the top women’s teams in Switzerland, FC Neunkirch. It was there she met her fiancé, David Stolz, who plays for the same club in the men’s Swiss league.
PRO SOCCER PLAYER OVERSEAS
Jackson has since returned to Florida where she is currently attending Florida State to obtain her law degree. She was raised by two loving parents, her mom, Amy Van Fossen and her dad Jeff Jackson.
Her sister Savannah has always supported her sister’s career and all have traveled to see Katie play overseas.
They were all there when Katie scored the decisive goal in helping the Glenfield Rovers in New Zealand to capture the 2014 league championship.
When asked what moments have stood out during her career, Jackson said, “There isn’t really one moment better than the rest. I really love the fact that I was a part of a group of girls that since the age of eight played soccer together for so many years and accomplished so many great things.”
“I love the sport of soccer and having been around so many great teammates and great coaches, especially Fidgi, who taught me so much. Soccer has given me so much. I’ve traveled the world, met my future husband and won championships, what a great life.”
Jackson returned once from Switzerland to teach biology at Eau Gallie High School before returning to play abroad again, and she may or may not be done playing.
Whatever she decides, her accomplishments to this point and the accomplishments of those great Satellite Scorpion teams have certainly given soccer fans of the Space Coast, Hall of Fame memories..
THE 2017 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 12.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT the 2017 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME, call 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com
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Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Announced, Induction Ceremony Set May 12
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced Thursday an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2017 Class of the Hall of Fame.
Dozens of nominees were considered for the 2017 class in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.
Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.
Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and has so far inducted more than 100 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.
Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, Assistant Editor Alan Zlotorzynski, local youth sports advocate and promoter Mike Cadore, Friday Night Locker Room Founders Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, former Health First COO Larry Garrison, Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight and AAU Vice President Rusty Buchanan.
“The list of inductees for 2017 induction include athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time,” said Tom Palermo.
INDUCTION GALA & SPORTS AWARDS SET FOR MAY 12
The 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Sports Awards will be held Friday, May 12 at the Cocoa Beach County Club.
The festivities include a meet and greet with the area’s sports royalty, dinner and the induction proceeding which includes compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.
The 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event, and the 2017 High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards, are sponsored by Community Credit Union, First Choice Medical Group, SOAR, Clear Choice Health Care, BioCellular Therapies, Savings Safari, Spectrum Sports, Friday Night Locker Room, Dr. Sangiv Patel, Dr. Mark Pinsky and Rock Paper Simple..
FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, or to make a reservation, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Tim Wakefield talks about his induction into the first class of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
• PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Joe Kohlbrand, Football; and Cory Philpot, Football
• COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Jason Arnold, Baseball; Michael Coffey, Bowling; Reggie Hannah, Basketball; Paige Kearns, Swimming; and Charles Wilson, Football.
• PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Kristen Gordon, Softball; Ray Herring, Jr. Football; Katie Jackson, Soccer; and Hunter Pingston, Football.
• AMATEUR/REC CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Richard Chapman, Little League; Todd Erickson, Softball; Al Genchi, Youth Soccer; and David Kilgore, Running.
• COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Skip Arrich, Soccer; Tom Dooley, Baseball; Chuck Keener, Tennis; Steve Lamontagne, Golf; and Mike Soliven, Basketball.
• SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEES: Jeff Carr, Eastern Florida State College; and Steve Englehart, Florida Tech.
• LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEES: Linda Anderson, Athletic Director; and Les Stafford, Volunteer
• SPORTS OFFICIALS INDUCTEES: Neely Dunn and Bob Walton.
• SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEES: Hillard Grossman.
• SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE : Gary Gregory, PAL Boxing.
• CHALLENGER AWARDS INDUCTEES: Brevard Special Olympics – Coach Cindy Dropeski, Athlete Chuck Conway and Volunteer Kathi Madden.
• TEAM OF THE YEAR: Cocoa High School 2016 Football State Champions.
• SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Jim Grimes, Basketball, Eastern Florida State College
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MEMBERS OF THE SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME