Shawn Jackson is in his fourteenth year as an assistant coach at his alma mater, coaching Tech in jumps, sprints and hurdles. Not only does he coach those events but he has also made a name as an excellent recruiter.
The 2008 season for Jackson and his athletes was another banner year as Jackson coached sprinter Mike Coleman to a 19th place finish in the nation in the 100 while the men's 4X100 team finished second overall at the Mideast regional's in Fayetteville, Ark. with a time of 39.66 seconds to qualify to compete in the nationals meet. Jackson's reward for his hard work, dedication and national qualifying athletes was the 2008 men's United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Assistant Coach of the Year
The 2007 campaign saw Jackson's women's 4x400 team capturing fifth place at the Indoor NCAA Championships while senior Nina Gilbert added another All-American credential with a fifth place finish in the women's 400.
The outdoor season proved to be an even bigger stage for Jackson's sprinters as they ended the season at the NCAA Championships with a third place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:28.90. That mark at the time was the eight fastest time in the world, as well as a school and conference record. Both Miriam Barnes (400h) and Nina Gilbert (400) earned All-American status in their respective events. The success continued with the men as both Albert Fullwood and Michael Coleman qualified for nationals in the 200 while finishing fourth and fifth in a tough Mideast Region.
In the past two WAC Outdoor Championships, the sprinters have captured the100, 200, 400, 4x100 and 4x400 on both the men and women's side while the jumpers captured a long jump and triple jump title, as well as two second place finishes in 2007.
His recruiting power has definitely shown as plenty of his sprinting recruits have helped Tech tremendously to women's outdoor conference titles in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and indoor conference championships in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. For his efforts in 2006, Jackson was named Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year as Tech's nationally-renowned relay teams saw success yet again in both indoor and outdoor.
Jackson was instrumental in Tech's climb to Sun Belt Conference champions back in the 1990's and now is a big part of building Tech into one of the top track and field programs in the Western Athletic Conference and in the country.
Jackson's work can be seen from the recent exploits of his sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers in the Tech record books. In 2004, Jackson's athletes broke an impressive ten records during the season with several athletes and events earning national recognition. Even more impressive is that the athletes Jackson has coached in the past 13 years own 30 out of a possible 43 school records at Louisiana Tech with 19 of the records coming in the past five years since 2005.
Jackson has also been extremely successful in putting together record setting relay teams as he has coached all but three of the sprint relay teams that own school records at Tech.
Both the men's and women's 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams have achieved top 15 rankings over the years while setting school records under Jackson's direction. In the summer of 2008 runners Miriam Barnes, Nina Gilbert and Latonia Wilson all competed at the United States Olympic Trials after successful campaigns running for Jackson at Tech. He has also coached current stars Mike Coleman and Albert Fullwood to numerous school records as well as helping Coleman to All-American status in 2007. These are just a few examples of a very good crop of athletes that have shown success under Jackson's guidance.
Jackson also coaches the jumpers as Tech consistently puts out top finishes in the WAC championships in the jumping events with the most recent up and coming star being sophomore Quatisha Williams who finished second in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump at the WAC indoor championships in 2009. One of Jackson's most successful jumpers came through from 2002-2005 in Ayanna Alexander who competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships and earned All-American honors in 2004. Alexander also competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump after winning the WAC title during the 2004 outdoor season as well.
Jackson also serves as the head women's bowling coach at Louisiana Tech.
During his five years at the helm, the Lady Techsters have seen success at the Division I level, earning a national ranking at one point in the 2006-07 season. The Lady Techsters finished the 2007 season with a 31-24 overall record.
In 2008, Tech knocked off two Top 5 teams, No. 3 Nebraska and No. 5 Arkansas State at the Capital City Classic in Jackson, Miss. To close out the 2008-09 season, Jackson was instrumental in organizing the first invitational on the LA Tech campus. Four teams participated in the Tech Invitational and it was deemed a success.
Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Jackson ran track for the Bulldogs from 1990-92. After finishing up his career on the track, he completed the required course work for his general studies degree in 1994. Soon after, he earned a master's degree in sports science.
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