Fourth season at Vanderbilt
Stallings went looking for an assistant coach with a proven
track record as a recruiter at a prestigious academic institution
He found that and much more when he named Jeff Jackson his
Jackson, 40, has an impressive resume that includes four years as the recruiting
coordinator at Stanford.
During his tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal averaged more than 20 victories
per season and made its first-ever back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
The 1995-96 Stanford squad was ranked as high as No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches
Poll. A No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford beat Bradley in the opening
round before losing to eventual Final Four participant UMass.
Stanford's 1995-96 freshman class was tabbed by Ultimate Sports Magazine as
"Stanford's Fab Four Freshmen." Three of the Cardinal freshmen earned
Pac-10 postseason honors.
In 1996, Jackson made his head coaching debut when he took over a struggling
New Hampshire program that had won more than 10 games in a season only twice
Jackson led the Wildcats to a 7-20 mark his first season and improved to 10-17
in 1997-98. His 1998-99 recruiting class was ranked 15th by Mike Sheridan of
Eastern Basketball Magazine, the first time in school history a UNH recruiting
class had ever been ranked by any magazine.
A 1984 graduate of Cornell, Jackson began his coaching career as a grad assistant
at USC in 1985. He also worked as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure (1986-89)
and Colorado State (1989-92) before accepting a position at Stanford.
Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, have three children, Xavier, Jenai and Taylor.