HEAD COACH CANDICE M. JACKSON
Since taking the helm of the College of Charleston women’s basketball program on April, 24, 2014, Candice M. Jackson has done a remarkable job at setting the program on a winning trajectory. Jackson inherits the mantle looking to build on the foundations for success set forth by former coaching greats at The College in former Tennessee Director of Women’s Athletics Joan Cronan (1974-76), Nancy Wilson (two tenures from 1976-84 and 2003-12), Scooter Barnette (1984-94), Kathy McCaskill-Rhein (1994-98), Melissa Slone (1998-2003) and Natasha Adair (2012-14).
Over her first three years with the College, Jackson mentored star guard Breanna Bolden to three consecutive CAA Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as three All-CAA nods. In 2015-16, the native of Lansing, Mich. more than doubled her win total from year one, going 11-20 overall and 5-13 in conference action. She secured her first-ever CAA Tournament victory by way of a 71-62 win over the UNCW Seahawks, and came within 67 seconds of shocking the No. 1 seeded James Madison Dukes in the second round. Prior to the end of the season, Coach Jackson led the Cougars to a 68-24 win over UNCW, which set the all-time CofC record for fewest points allowed in a game.
A rising star in the coaching profession, Jackson previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke University under head coach Joanne P. McCallie. She worked mainly with the guards and was a part of back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2012 and 2013.
During her time on the Blue Devils’ staff, Jackson helped sign three of the top recruiting classes in the nation. In 2012, Duke inked the seventh-best recruiting class in the country which included the No. 3 overall prospect in Alexis Jones, and the No. 2 signing classes in 2013 and 2014.
In all, she worked with 12 McDonald’s High School All-Americans, two WNBA First Round draft picks, two USBWA All-Americans, three Associated Press All-Americans and 15 ACC All-Academic Team selections.
“Candice is smart, enthusiastic and skilled,” CofC Director of Athletics Joe Hull said. “She is a proven recruiter, but she also knows how to teach the game. Academically, Richmond, Wake Forest and Duke are terrific universities and we are fortunate to gain someone of her stature, experience and knowledge. People will be drawn to her personality and I am confident the Charleston community will embrace her and continue to support our growing women’s basketball program.”
Prior to Duke, Jackson spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wake Forest University under head coach Mike Petersen. There, she aided in the signing of the program’s first Top 100 signee and mentored two All-ACC selections. Jackson also helped lead the Demon Deacons to an 18-14 overall record and WNIT appearance in 2009-10.
Prior to her arrival at Wake Forest, Jackson spent four successful seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond under head coach Michael Shafer, where she helped take the team from a 13-17 record in 2005-06 to a 24-10 finish and WNIT berth in 2008-09.
While at Richmond, Jackson oversaw summer camps in addition to scouting, recruiting and coordinating video operations. Jackson was also in charge of community service efforts for the Spiders. She worked closely with Spider guard Amber Petillon, who blossomed during her senior year under Jackson’s guidance and has enjoyed an extremely successful career overseas.
A four-year letter-winner at Michigan State University from 2000-04, Jackson played for McCallie and was Coach P’s first recruit at MSU. Jackson served as team captain during her junior and senior years and led the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004. She was also named a Big Ten Conference Scholar-Athlete twice and volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing and St. Vincent’s Home for Children.
A 2004 graduate of Michigan State, the former guard earned her bachelor’s degree in family community service. She remained at her alma mater to serve as a graduate assistant coach for the 2004-05 squad that advanced all the way to the National Championship Game.
Originally from Lansing, Mich., Jackson was a three-time MVP at Lansing Everett High School, the same alma mater as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and guided her team to the state title game as a senior. She is the daughter of Teresa B. Jackson and the late Larry Jackson, and has two sisters, Tedra Jackson and Tracy Jackson, Esq.