Jacqueline Coleman is an educator, basketball coach, founder of a non-profit, wife to Chris, and bonus mom to Emma, Will, and Nate. Her family lives in her childhood community in Mercer County.
A fifth generation Mercer Countian, Jacqueline was raised in a family where public service was a way of life. She was also raised to offer a hand up to those in need and, as a result, Jacqueline has devoted her personal and professional life to serving her community. She is a tireless advocate for public education, and for young women to step up and be leaders in their community.
As a basketball coach, Jacqueline has been named Coach of the Year and her career culminated in five consecutive record-breaking seasons and one Sweet 16 appearance.
Jacqueline’s leadership doesn’t end in the classroom or on the court. Her leadership abilities were honed through her experience with Emerge Kentucky.
In an attempt to expand on this opportunity, in 2013, Jacqueline founded Lead Kentucky, a non-profit that ensures Kentucky’s college women are prepared, encouraged, and empowered to seek leadership positions on their campuses and, eventually, in their professional fields. In its fourth year, Lead Kentucky has empowered 50 campus ambassadors on over 16 campuses with 29 different majors.
Currently, Jacqueline is an assistant principal at Nelson County High School and a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky.
As Lieutenant Governor, Jacqueline plans to focus on creating a world-class public education system here in Kentucky to help produce the future leaders of our Commonwealth, and the many challenges facing rural Kentucky. She is determined to give a voice to Kentuckians who feel shut out, but refuse to back down. Together, Jacqueline and Andy will work to build a Kentucky that works for all of us.