Antwon Jackson Named Assistant Basketball Coach at UMass
June 19, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg announced the hiring of former William & Mary assistant coach Antwon Jackson as the newest member of the Minuteman men's basketball staff.
A top recruiter and skilled coach, Antwon Jackson has been hired by Derek Kellogg as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts. Jackson comes to Amherst after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. While with the Tribe, Jackson helped the team to one of its most successful seasons in program history as they reached the CAA title game for the first time.
"Antwon is a diligent worker with a national reputation as a great recruiter," said Kellogg, who was hired as UMass' head coach in April. "We relates very well with people and will be a role model and mentor for our current players and incoming recruits. We are privileged to hire a person of his character as his reputation throughout the country is impeccable."
In 2007-08, Jackson helped the Tribe and CAA Coach of the Year Tony Shaver to a 17-16 record and within one game of the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The Tribe knocked off the CAA's regular-season champion Virginia Commonwealth on the way to the title game. During the regular season, William & Mary posted a 10-8 record in the CAA, just its second double-figure win campaign in its 23-year history in the CAA. Jackson was responsible for recruiting many of the players on the team in addition to working with post players and skill workouts along with handling team travel equipment.
Jackson joined William & Mary for his first college coaching position in 2005, after spending four years as an assistant boys' basketball coach in the high school ranks where he worked with many Division I prospects. He got his start in coaching in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, which is known as one of the top high school basketball leagues in the country. Prior to W&M, Jackson was at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., where he helped lead the team to an 18-8 record and an appearance in the Virginia Independent Schools championship game. While at Paul VI, he worked with Levi Franklin, who is currently an assistant coach at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.
Prior to that, Jackson was an assistant for three years at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. He worked with Kevin Sutton, who is currently the head coach at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., for two seasons, before spending one season with current Bishop McNamara head coach Marty Keithline.
Jackson also served several years as an assistant coach for the successful DC Assault and Maryland Select AAU teams. Typically one of the top AAU teams in the nation, DC Assault has produced many Division I and NBA players and coaches. During his time with DC Assault, Jackson worked with and coached a number of Division I players. He also worked with several future Division I players with the Maryland Select program.
Jackson also has worked at some of the top summer basketball camps in the country, including the adidas Superstar Camp, and several years at the Five Star Basketball Camp.
Along with his coaching positions, Jackson spent 11 years at KPMG, LLP in Washington, D.C., and McLean, Va., most recently holding the position of senior associate in the company's real estate and mortgage division. Jackson graduated in 1993 from Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky., with a degree in business management and accounting. He was a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention selection as a junior in 1991-92 and as a senior in 1992-93. Jackson also led his team in assists each of those seasons.
Jackson and his wife Stephanie have two children, Melanie (12), and Elijah (5).
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