"There is not a better group of people to work with -- a true balance of experience and competitive drive," said Jackson, whose arrival with the Aggies reunites him with both Hawkins and new defensive coordinator Robert Tucker. "I am enthusiastic with the opportunity to learn from Coach Hawkins and the rest of the coaching staff.
"Coach Hawk has done an amazing job of pulling together a group of coaches who love football and are devoted to giving back and developing young men."
Jackson previously served five seasons on the WVSU football staff, working with linebackers (2015-16), special teams (2012-16) and the defensive line (2012-15). Overall, six athletes under his tutelage garnered All-Mountain East Conference distinction, including Dennis Gardeck, who also captured HERO Sports Super Region I Defensive Player of the Year honors.
His work with the Yellowjackets followed a four-year stay at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Jackson began his career as a graduate assistant linebackers coach, then worked with the D-line in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Cougars captured the NAIA championship in 2010, with Jackson protege Eric Anderson earning Defensive Player of the Game in that title contest. USF later transitioned to NCAA Division II, posting a 9-2 record in its first season. Jackson mentored four linebackers and a defensive lineman to All-Northern Sun Conference acclaim in his final two seasons.
Jackson made two stops with the IFAF, the second of which partnered him with Hawkins and Tucker. He guided the linebackers for the U.S. team, which defeated Japan for the 2015 gold medal game. Three of Jackson's players garnered IFAF All-Tournament nods.
Jackson graduated from South Dakota State with a degree in education in 2010. He added a master's in education administration from Sioux Falls while serving on the Cougars' staff. Jackson and his wife have one young son, Wenly Isaiah (b. 2015).
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