NEW ORLEANS -- The Southern University Board of Supervisors approved the contract extensions for Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carlos Funchess and Baseball Head Coach Kerrick Jackson during Friday’s board meeting held on the Southern University at New Orleans Campus
Funchess and Jackson received extensions through the 2023 seasons, along with additional compensation to their respective base salaries.
Jackson’s contract includes a two-year extension through the 2022 season with an option year in 2023.
In his first season as head coach, Funchess guided the women’s basketball team to 20-12 and led Southern to the program’s third Southwestern Athletic Conference Regular Season title. Southern captured the first SWAC tournament championship in a decade and sent Funchess, a Mississippi native, and the Jaguars to Starkville for the NCAA Women’s Tournament, the fifth appearance in program history.
Funchess, who previously spent 13 seasons as the Jaguars top assistant coach, earned SWAC Coach of the Year Award and received the WBCA Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year Award during the Women’s Final Four in Tampa in April.
Jackson ushered in a new era in Southern University baseball, producing a 23-game turnaround in the win column after battling through a 9-win season in 2018.
Southern opened the 2019 season going undefeated in the Andre Dawson Classic before reeling off 17 conference wins and a signature midweek win over nationally-ranked LSU.
The Jaguars punctuated their remarkable turnaround with a dominant 15-0 win over SWAC East Champion Alabama State and received the league automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Starkville Regional.