Postgame Quotes: Cincinnati 77, Memphis 65
No. 21 Cincinnati beat Rutgers 68-58
Antwon Jackson joined the University of Cincinnati staff as an assistant coach in June 2012 after spending the previous four seasons at Massachusetts.
Jackson has built a reputation as a talented recruiter at the college level during stints at both UMass and William and Mary over the past seven seasons. During the last four seasons in Amherst, Jackson has helped recruit and coach players who have contributed to the Minutemen's rise in the Atlantic-10 Conference standings. UMass improved upon its 12-18 overall mark and 10th-place league finish in 2008-09, building toward a 25-12 mark and fifth-place league finish during the 2011-12 campaign. Last season, UMass advanced to the semifinal round of the Postseason NIT. The Minutemen's 25 wins on the season tied with the 2008 squad for most wins by the program since its NCAA Tournament Final Four run in 1996.
Prior to his stay at UMass, Jackson helped retool William and Mary under Tribe head coach Tony Shaver. During Jackson's three seasons in Williamsburg, Va., William and Mary improved its overall record from 8-20 and 10th place in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2006 to a 17-16 mark and fifth-place finish in 2008. The Tribe marched through the 2008 CAA tournament but fell one game shy of an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. William and Mary recorded a 10-8 league record in 2008, marking only the second double-digit win total in its 23-year history in the CAA.
Before climbing into the collegiate coaching ranks Jackson gained experience as an assistant coach with two high schools and numerous AAU squads in Virginia and Maryland. He served as an assistant coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., during the 2004-05 season, helping lead the team to an 18-8 record and an appearance in the Virginia Independent Schools championship game. Paul VI High School is a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, considered one of the top high school basketball leagues in the country. From 2001-04, Jackson was an assistant coach at Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md.
On the AAU circuit Jackson performed as an assistant coach for the successful DC Assault and Maryland Select squads for two summers (2004-05). Typically one of the top AAU teams in the nation, DC Assault has produced many NCAA Division I and NBA players and coaches. Jackson was an assistant coach with DC Blue Devils AAU in 2003.
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 earned a degree in business management and accounting from Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky., in 1993. He was a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention selection his junior and senior seasons while leading his team in assists.
Jackson and his wife Stephanie have two children, Melanie and Elijah.