Men's Basketball |
June 3, 2009
CINCINNATI - Former Bowling Green State University and Seton Hall University assistant coach and Cincinnati native George Jackson has joined the University of Cincinnati men's basketball program as an assistant coach, Mick Cronin announced today.
"George Jackson is going to be a great addition to our staff for many reasons," said Cronin. "I am professionally and personally thrilled he has come home to be a Bearcat. George is a tireless worker, talented coach, experienced mentor, and relentless recruiter. George and I have always wanted to work together and now is the perfect time. I am a believer in new energy and ideas; I also love adding a Cincinnati guy to our staff.
"We all know how successful George was at Withrow High School, but he has quickly made a name for himself in the college game. George has BIG EAST experience and was a part of the last Seton Hall staff to reach the NCAA Tournament. Bowling Green went from worst to first in the two years he was there. I have tremendous respect for (BGSU head coach) Louis Orr and he described George as irreplaceable, which is the highest compliment you can give an assistant."
Jackson joins the Bearcats after spending the last two seasons as an assistant to another Cincinnati native and former high school teammate Lou Orr at Bowling Green. 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.
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 was a legendary high school basketball coach in Cincinnati at Withrow, where he spent 22 years - 20 as the head coach. Over his high school career, Jackson posted a record of 311-146 as the boy's coach, a record 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.
In other staff moves, Chris Goggin, in his fourth year at UC, takes over as the Director of Basketball Operations, while Chris Shumate, who joined the staff in 2007-08, will become the program's Director of Student-Athlete Development.
"Chris Goggin has graciously moved to Director of Operations to allow us to bring in Coach Jackson," Cronin said. "This move only strengthens our staff. As a head coach, I am lucky to have such a loyal assistant as Chris, who has been with me since I started."