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.
David Jackson enters his sixth season coaching the Minutemen in 2014-15 and has seen many of the record book's top-five lists rewritten the areas he coaches: field events, multi-events, short sprints and hurdles.
Jackson has produced six Atlantic 10 champions (Zach Koncki (2011) - indoor long jump, Sean Busch (2010 & 2011) - indoor & outdoor pole vault, Brian Miller (2010) - outdoor high jump), one indoor New England champion (Zach Koncki (2011) - long jump), five school records (Nicholas Ingham - heptathlon (4731 pts.); Zachary Koncki - indoor (24'.05) & outdoor long jump (24'.75"), Sean Busch - indoor pole vault (16'.075"), Brian Miller - outdoor high jump- (7'.025")), one Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year (Sean Busch) and two seasonal UMass Scholar-Athletes (Sean Busch and Stephen Bigelow), as well as multiple Student-Athlete of the Week award winners.
Prior to coming to UMass in 2009, Jackson spent the previous two years working with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's sprinters, women's pole vault and multi-event athletes, including three All-Americans and four ACC champions.
Before coaching with the Tar Heels, 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.
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