Phoenix College recently welcomed Jonathan Berzins as the new Athletic Director.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona and a graduate of Dobson High School, Jonathan attended South Mountain Community College earning an AA Degree as well as being captain of the Cougar’s soccer team. He began his coaching career at SMCC as assistant coach of both men’s and women’s soccer for the 2004 season. In early 2005 he moved to Chandler-Gilbert Community College and was the assistant coach in 2005 before being named men’s and women’s head coach in 2006. In his tenure as head coach (2006-2017) his teams made 17 playoff appearances including 7 ACCAC championship games. His 2008 women’s team hosted the national tournament while making the final-four.
He coached 17 All-Americans and countless all-conference and region players. During this span, Jonathan also served as ACCAC and region one men’s and women’s soccer rep. While coaching at CGCC, administratively, Jonathan also oversaw eligibility, compliance and academic advising for all student athletes. He also served as the liaison between athletics and faculty and staff. Since August 2017 Jonathan has served as Compliance Coordinator at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He oversees all NCAA compliance as well as corporate sponsors and event management. His time at Fort Lewis is highlighted by generating over $250,000 in corporate sponsorships.
Last week, Berzins had the opportunity to meet a member of the Phoenix College Alumni Association Advisory Committee, Dr. Moody Jackson '68. The two traded old sports stories and talked about the future of Phoenix College Athletics.
Dr. Moody Jackson '68
Dr. Moody Jackson is a well-respected educator, retired professional athlete, and community advocate. Jackson began his athletic career at South Mountain High School, where he lettered in four different varsity sports- football, basketball, baseball and track. After graduating from South Mountain, he attended Phoenix College where he was selected to the Arizona Junior College All-Conference First Team and was a member of the Junior College Grid Wire All American Football Team. He went on to New Mexico State University where he also excelled as a football player. After leaving New Mexico State, he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent and later played in the Canadian Football League.
Although Jackson had an impressive career as an athlete, he is most proud of his career in education. After leaving the Canadian Football League in 1978, he began coaching at his alma mater, South Mountain High School. He served as an assistant track coach, head girls basketball coach, and the head football coach. In addition, he began his teaching career in the Phoenix Union High School District in 1979 and taught for six years. He later served as an assistant principal at several schools before being selected as the principal of South Mountain High School. He went on to receive his doctorate degree at Northern Arizona University and later became the athletic director for the Phoenix Union High School District.
After retiring in 2007, Jackson spent his time giving back to the community serving as a mentor and role model to young people. He served on the City of Phoenix Youth Workforce Initiative Committee, the Arizona State University Minority Affairs Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix, the Sidney P. Osborne Community Action Group, and the Phoenix Youth at Risk Program.
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