A native of St. Louis, MO., Jackson spent five seasons 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 continued to strive for the best for Mizzou and his recruiting efforts this seeason 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 BaseballAmerica.
Aside from working as the program's recruiting coordinator, Jackson owns a wealth of baseball experience and works with the Tiger's hitters and outfielders. As mentioned, Jackson's 2012 recruiting class ranked 24th nationally, bolstered by the committment 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 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 assistand head coach and recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State in Louisiana. His responsibilities at Nicholls State included overseeing the pitching staff.
From August 2003 until July 2005, Jackson was an assistant coach at Jefferson College in HIllsboro, Mo., where he was the hitting 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 camem at Fairfield University in 2000-2001. Following that, he spent one year as an assistant at Emporia State (2001-2002) and one season as assistant head coach at Coffeyville Community College (2002-03).
Jackson has also coached several summer leagues, 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 in back to back NBC World Series 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 Worl Series, and one year at Bethune-Cookman, leading the squad to its first ever conference championship and regional.
Jackson concluded his collegiate career at Nebraska, where he graduated in 1999. Jackson is a native of Kiekwood, Mo. Jackson and his wife, Talia, have a pair of sons, Zion and Lazarus.
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