The New England Championships will run starting Thursday through Saturday at MIT.
This Saturday and Sunday the UMass track and field programs will host the 2012 A-10 Championships.
The Minutemen will have their final tune-up this weekend prior to the A-10 Championships.
Just two removed from the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships, the Minutemen head to Weaver Stadium this weekend.
Mark Hewitt, Conor Megee, and Daniel Schwartz will represent UMass at the Holy Cross Decathlon.
Completing his second season coaching for the Minutemen, Jackson has produced one NCAA East Region Qualifier (Brian Miller-high jump); six conference champions (Sean Busch - 2x indoor & 2x outdoor pole vault; Brian Miller outdoor high jump, & Zachary Koncki indoor long jump), one indoor New England Champion (Zach Koncki indoor long jump), and three school records (indoor pole vault (16'.75"), outdoor high jump (7' .25"), outdoor long jump (23' 10.75"). He also has helped produce one Atlantic 10 Field Event Performer of the Year(B. Miller), one A-10 Student Athlete of the Year, a UMass Athlete of the Year, two UMass Winter Student Athletes, a Spring Student-Athlete of the Year (S. Busch), and multiple Student-Athletes of the Week awards as well as top three on the record holders lists.
Former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assistant coach David Jackson begins his first season as an assistant coach for the UMass track and field programs. Jackson spent the last two years working with the Tar Heels' sprinters, women's pole vault and multi-event athletes, including three All-Americans and four ACC champions.
Prior to his time at UNC, Jackson was the assistant men's and women's track & field coach at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., from 2004 to 2007. While at Roberts Wesleyan, he was responsible for working with the teams' sprinters, hurdlers, and relays. Jackson guided three members of the Raiders to NCCAA national titles and coached five NCCAA All-Americans.
Jackson worked as a New York State public high school Section V track & field official from 2001 to 2003 and has also coached for the ACS Track Club and Nichols Academy and Churchville-Chili Sr. High, during his time in Rochester.
A standout discus thrower and sprinter in high school, Jackson went on to compete for Susquehanna University where he received all-conference accolades and earned a trip to the NCAA Division III national championship as a part of the school's 400m relay team in 1994. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 1998 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Media Study and went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Organizational Communication from SUNY Brockport in 2000.
Last revised on 7/29/11
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