Melissa Jackson Promoted to Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach
AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron assistant women's basketball coach Melissa Jackson has been promoted to associate head coach, head coach Jodi Kest announced Monday.
Jackson has been an integral component of Kest's staff for the past four seasons, serving as the team's recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. She has also led the development of some of the best guards in program history.
"I am very happy to announce Melissa as our associate head coach," Kest said. "She has worked very hard over the last four years to help build our program into a Mid-American Conference contender. Melissa's relentless recruiting efforts and coaching capabilities make her very deserving of this promotion."
Akron produced one of the most prolific offenses in the country last season by averaging 73.8 points per game, the 18th-highest mark in the nation. Additionally, UA's field goal percentage (42.2), 3-point field goals per game (7.0), 3-point field goal percentage (34.4), and assists per game (15.3) all ranked in the top 35 nationally in 2011-12. The squad's scoring average was the best in program history.
Individually, Jackson was crucial in the development of Kara Murphy, the program's all-time leading scorer, and continues to mentor senior Taylor Ruper, who holds the program's career 3-pointers record.
"I am truly honored and thankful that coach Kest has the belief in me to promote me to associate head coach," Jackson said. "It is a privilege to work with coach Kest and the wonderful young women in our program. I am looking forward to the start of another year and our continued success."
Jackson also led recruiting efforts for Ruper and the current junior class of Sina King, Hanna Luburgh, Kacie Cassell and Carly Young. All four of those players were mainstays in Akron's lineup as sophomores in 2011-12.
Jackson will continue to work with an Akron team that returns many of its key offensive threats from last season, including All-MAC players Ruper and King. Redshirt Junior and 2010-11 All-MAC First Team selection Rachel Tecca is also scheduled to return to the court after missing the majority of the 2011-12 season with a knee injury.