BRAD JACKSON - HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
Brad Jackson directed WWU to the NCAA Division II national championship, the first in program history, and a school-record 31 victories in 2011-12, earning National Association of Basketball Coaches and DII Bulletin National Coach of the Year honors.
Jackson ranks third among collegiate basketball coaches in state of Washington history with 518 victories, and is one of just five to reach the 500 mark. Both his win total and winning percentage of .650 are WWU program bests.
In his 28th season, Jackson is the longest tenured coach at WWU in any sport. He ranks No.13 among NCAA Division II active coaches in victories and No.40 in winning percentage, and is No.44 all-time in wins.
Jackson has directed WWU to 19 national post-season appearances, including the epic run to the national title in 2012 (31-5) and advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA II Elite Eight in 2001 (27-4). The Vikings also reached the NAIA National Tournament under Jackson's leadership in 1988 and 1994, and the NCAA tourney in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
WWU has had 12 20-win seasons during Jackson's tenure with a school-record four straight in the 1980s.
Jackson, who has a 518-279 (65.0 percent) record at WWU, earned national Coach of the Year honors in 2012 as well as NABC West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference accolades.
Jackson was NCAA II West Region, Little All-Northwest and Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year in 2001. He also was NCAA II West Region Coach of the Year in 2010, NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year in 1988, 1989 and 1990, Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1988, NAIA Pacific Northwest Region I Coach of the Year in 1994 and GNAC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009.
Jackson was an assistant coach for the West at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival and is a past chair of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee where he was the Division II representative for five years.
Jackson directs the highly successful WWU Basketball Camp. Begun in 1986, the camp has grown to be one of the largest in the northwest with alumni dotting the rosters of numerous colleges and universities as well as professional teams.
Jackson came to WWU in 1985 after five successful seasons as a high school coach - four at Olympia and one at Eastside Catholic - in which he led his teams to four state playoff appearances. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific for five seasons.
A graduate of Washington State, he was a three-year letter winner in basketball, serving as team captain and leading the PAC-8 in assists (5.7 avg.) as a senior in 1973-74. He also played baseball for the Cougars as an outfielder for two seasons.
In high school, Jackson lettered three years each in baseball, basketball and football at Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash. He averaged 23.0 points a game as a senior in basketball, earning all-America and all-state honors.
The 60-year old Jackson earned a bachelor's degree from Washington State in 1975 and a master's in athletic administration from Seattle Pacific in 1977. He and wife Debbie (formerly Halle), a four-time NCAA All-America gymnast at Seattle Pacific and a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, have two grown children, daughter Lynsey and son Kyle; and three grandchildren.
In 28th year as WWU head coach, longest tenure for any sport in school history ... Also Vikings' Associate Director of Athletics for Community Relations ... Overall record is 518-279, a winning percentage of .650 ... Both figures are program bests ... Ranks No.18 among active NCAA II coaches in victories and No.38 in winning percentage, and is No.44 in all-time wins ... Ranks No.3 in career wins among collegiate basketball coaches in state of Washington and is one of only five to reach 500 ... Named National Association of Basketball Coaches and Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year for 2011-12 ... Directed Vikings to 31-5 record and NCAA II National Championship, first in program history, and West Regional crown ... His 2000-01 team finished 27-4, took regional title and reached national semifinals ... Also led WWU to NAIA national tournament appearances in 1988 and 1994, and NCAA tourney in 2005 (regional semifinals), 2006 (regional final), and 2009 (first round) ... Has guided Vikings to 20 district/region playoff appearances, reaching finals 10 times and winning four titles ... Named Coach of the Year for NABC NCAA II West Region three times (2000-01, 2009-10 and 2011-12), NAIA District 1 three times (1988-91), NAIA Pacific Northwest Region I once (1994), Great Northwest Athletic Conference three times (2005, 2009, 2012) and Little all-Northwest twice (1988, 2001) ... Has directed WWU to 12 20-win seasons, including school-record four straight from 1986-90, and three of last four campaigns ... In 1987-88, led Vikings to first district championship and national tournament appearance in 16 years ... Successful high school coach prior to tenure at WWU ... Led Eastside Catholic High School (Bellevue, WA) to first-ever Class AAA state playoff berth in 1984-85 ... Also coached four seasons at Olympia High School, directing Bears to three Class AA state playoff appearances ... His 1980-81 OHS team reached final eight at the state tournament ... Assistant coach for five years at Seattle Pacific University under head coach Keith Swagerty ... Obtained master's degree in athletic administration at SPU in 1977 ... Standout guard at Washington State University, leading then Pacific-8 Conference in assists (5.7 avg.) as senior in 1973-74 ... Also was Cougars' team captain that season ... Played under three head coaches at WSU, Marv Harshman, Bob Greenwood and George Raveling, and assistants Dale Brown, Jud Heathcote and Homer Drew ... Graduate assistant coach one year for Cougars, while completing bachelor's degree (1975) ... Also lettered two years in baseball at WSU ... Earned all-America, all-state and all-conference honors in basketball at Hudson's Bay High School (Vancouver, WA), averaging 23.0 points as senior ... Lettered three years in baseball, basketball and football ... Past chair of NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee, serving five years as Division II representative ... Assistant coach for West team at 1992 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival ... Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2012 ...60 years old ... He and wife Debbie (formerly Halle, four-time NCAA All-America gymnast at Seattle Pacific and a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame), have two grown children, daughter Lynsey and son Kyle; and three grandchildren.
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