George Jackson
George  Jackson

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Wittenberg '79


Cincinnati 66, Ohio State 81 - AP Photos

Cashmere Wright scored 18 and Sean Kilpatrick had 15 for the Bearcats.

A former high school basketball coaching legend in the Queen City, George Jackson is in his third season as an assistant coach at Cincinnati after spending seven years in the college ranks at Seton Hall and Bowling Green State University.

Jackson joined the Bearcats after spending two seasons as an assistant to another Cincinnati native and former high school teammate Lou Orr at Bowling Green State University. Prior to Bowling Green, Jackson and Orr spent five years together at Seton Hall where Jackson was the team's administrative assistant for four years before being promoted to assistant coach in 2006-07.

Jackson plays a heavy role in recruiting at UC while spending time developing the Bearcats frontcourt.

In 2008-09, Jackson helped the resurgent Bowling Green Falcons, who finished 13-17 in 2007-08 in his first season with the program, back to the top of the Mid-American Conference as it shared the league title and earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with an overall mark of 19-14, and 11-5 in the MAC. Bowling Green received a bid to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

Before joining Orr at Seton Hall in 2001, Jackson spent 22 years at Withrow High School in Cincinnati - 20 as head coach - building and maintaining a standout boys' basketball program. Over his high school career, Jackson posted a record of 311-146, a mark that included 12 Queen City Conference-Metro titles, eight sectional crowns, and five district championships. He also led the Tigers to two regional championships and two appearances in state semifinals. His 1994 Tigers finished the year as the state runner-up with a record of 21-4.

Over 60 of Jackson's players at Withrow went on to continue their education, earning basketball scholarships. Brandon Hunter, Tyrone Hill, and Ricky Calloway went on to further hone their skills in the National Basketball Association (NBA). While at Withrow, Jackson also taught health and physical education and was the school's assistant director of athletics for three years.

As a high school teacher, coach and administrator, Jackson earned several honors, including conference Coach of the Year seven times and Greater Cincinnati Coach of the Year three times. He is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame, the Southwest Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Hamilton (Ohio) County Sports Hall of Fame and the Withrow High School Hall of Fame. His work extended outside the court as he earned the 2001 New Voices Roberto Clemente Outstanding Athlete and Exceptional Humanitarian Award and the 1995 Applause Magazine Imagemakers Sports Award.

A 1979 graduate of Wittenberg University, Jackson was a member of the school's first NCAA national championship basketball team in 1977, which he later went on to captain. He also played baseball for the Tigers and captained that team as well.

Jackson and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter, Stephanie Hall, as well as a son-in-law Ali Hamid Hall and grandson Alijah Jackson Hall.