Jacore Irving broke new ground in 2015 when he brought home to Jackson County and
more specifically his own Sneads High School the 2015 Class 1A Long jump state champion hardware. Last year, Irving knew he had his work cut out for him. He was a year older, a junior, and had perfected his training to prepare him to compete against tougher competition with the same goal in mind – to bring home the top honors. His training had him ready and a repeat brought home another state championship medal to Jackson County and Sneads High School.
Irving is a soft, well-spoken young man who is very humble about his accomplishments, “I knew I had a lot to live up to and so I put in twice the work, and I put God first, and I came away with a state championship. I train about three to four hours a day. I give God, my commitment to hard work, and all the people I had supporting me, believing in me credit. I did everything my body would let me do to get ready for this.” Irving is a three-sport athlete at Sneads High School with football and basketball added to the sport that made him a state champion. At football, Irving plays both sides of the ball, offensively as a wide receiver and defensively as a cornerback. He doubles in
basketball as a point guard and a shooting guard.
Irving’s talents do not stop on the field. He is an active member of the Beta Club. As far as his long term plans, “I plan to go to college and if it’s God’s will, I want to continue with either track or basketball.”
But before college, Irving wants to put his high school on the map with a third state title, “I am going to work twice as hard and be twice as good to get the three-peat.”
Irving does not take all the credit for his accomplishments. He is thankful to those who have continued to support him, “After God, I thank my grandparents, all my track members for helping me at practice every day. They were a big part of what helped me win this year. Coach Linda McDaniel has worked with me many hours to help me and that was a great contribution in me winning another state championship.”
Coach Linda McDaniel says of Irving, “I’ve coached Jacore for several years but I’ve never taught him. I know that he’s dual enrolled and if he approaches school work like he does training for sports, then he will excel.”
Principal John Shouse has nothing but praise and admiration for Irving, “Jacore is an awesome young man. He is well mannered, respectful, and always has a smile on his face. What makes him special is, that he not only excels in the athletic arena, but also in the classroom. I honestly couldn’t think of a finer young man. We will be hearing great things from him in the future.”
Last but not least Sneads head basketball coach Rob Hubbs speaks volumes of Irving, “I couldn’t be more proud of a young man than I am of him. He was a skinny freshman but my father who was the head basketball coach at the time thought Jacore needed to move up to varsity on account of his positive attitude and how hard he hit the books in the classroom. Fast forward a few years later and he is a two time state champion all the while taking classes at Chipola College and leading by example at Sneads.”
Congratulations to Jacore on his accomplishments and the future of what’s to come.
Jacore Irving is the grandson of Charles and Chris Giles.