Kerrick Jackson named SU Head Baseball Coach
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Southern University Director of Athletics Roman Banks executed his first major hire naming Kerrick Jackson as the new head baseball coach Tuesday.
"I am truly blessed to have an opportunity to return to coaching at the collegiate level," said Jackson. "More importantly, I am also very honored that I have been given the opportunity to do so at what is arguably one of the premier HBCU baseball programs in the country.
"What Coach Roger Cador was able to accomplish in his tenure has laid a solid foundation for future success, and I plan to build upon that foundation."
Jackson's hiring became official during an introductory press conference held Tuesday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center before a crowd of current and former SU baseball players, boosters, and media member anxious to catch their first glimpse of the man charged with restoring 'Jaguar Pride' in the baseball program.
Jackson will retain current assistant coach Elliott Jones and will initiate the search for another assistant coach to join the Jaguars baseball program, which finished 17-27 in the 33rd and final season of legendary head coach and university ambassador Roger Cador.
"I want us to get back to winning conference championships on a regular basis," said Jackson. "For me, (winning conference championships) is not going to be a goal, that is going to be an expectation."
"When we go out, our players will understand that we're going to win conference championships and we are going to take that to the next level."
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Jackson spent five season as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri, where he served as the program's recruiting coordinator and left his imprint on the program's overall success. Jackson's 2012 recruiting class was dubbed 24th nationally by BaseballAmerica.com as he played an integral role in signing the 19-player class. As great coaches do, Jackson continues to strive for the best for Mizzou and his recruiting efforts this season cement his status as one of the top talent evaluators in the nation. His final recruiting class at Mizzou was a consensus top-30 class in 2014, ranking as high as 12th nationally by Baseball America.
Aside from working as the program's recruiting coordinator, Jackson owns a wealth of baseball experience and works with the Tigers' hitters and outfielders. As mentioned, Jackson's 2012 recruiting class ranked 24th nationally, bolstered by the commitment from the nation's No. 72 prospect, Alec Rash, a power arm from Iowa. His 19-person class included three players who were selected in the MLB Draft (Rash, Keeton Steele, Josh Lester) while Rash was the highest-drafted high school player to elect to go to school. Jackson's knowledge of both the collegiate recruiting scene and the minor league system is essential to his success as a recruiting coordinator.
Before his three years at Mizzou, Jackson was the Midwest Area Scouting Supervisor for the Washington Nationals, overseeing all scouting in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The Midwest ties that he gained in that role have paid dividends on the recruiting trail during his time at Mizzou.
Prior to joining the Nationals, Jackson spent two years as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State in Louisiana. His responsibilities at Nicholls State included overseeing the pitching staff.
From August 2003-July 2005, Jackson was an assistant coach at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., where he was the pitching coach and played a large role in recruiting. He also served as the Student-Athlete Success Coordinator at Jefferson College, developing a program that helped to ensure a smooth academic transition to all colleges and universities.
The first coaching stint for Jackson came at Fairfield University in 2000-2001. Following that, he spent one year as an assistant at Emporia State (2001-02) and one season as assistant head coach at Coffeyville Community College (2002-03).
Jackson has also coached several summer league teams, including one summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) and one summer in the esteemed Cape Cod League. He coached several former Tigers in the summer leagues, including Danny Hill, James Boone, Zane Taylor, Brad Flanders, Aaron Crow and Kyle Gibson.
Jackson coached the MINK League Sluggers to back-to-back NBC World Series in the summers of 2002 and 2003. In 2006, he coached a United States team to a Gold medal at an international tournament in Holland.
Jackson spent two years playing baseball at St. Louis Community College Meramec, where the team finished third at the JUCO World Series, and one year at Bethune-Cookman, leading the squad to its first-ever conference championship and regional. He concluded his collegiate career at Nebraska, where he graduated from in 1999. Jackson is a native of Kirkwood, Mo.
Jackson and his wife, Talia, have a pair of sons, Zion and Lazarus.