Jackson Officially Named CofC Women's Basketball Head Coach
CHARLESTON, SC -
Candice M. Jackson has been named the seventh all-time women’s basketball head coach at the College of Charleston on Thursday.
She will be formerly introduced at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena.
Jackson, 31, looks 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).
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 Peterson. 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 letterwinner 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.
CANDICE M. JACKSON’S COACHING EXPERIENCE
2004-2005 (One Season) – Graduate Assistant Coach, Michigan State – 33-4 (.509) – National Championship Finalist
2009-2011 (Two Seasons) – Assistant Coach, Wake Forest – 33-31 (.516) – One WNIT Appearance
2011-2014 (Three Seasons) – Assistant Coach, Duke – 88-16 (.846) – Three NCAA Appearances (Elite Eight in 2012 and 2013)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CANDICE M. JACKSON
“I’m just really excited for Candice. She has put in so much time and learning as an assistant coach. She has had great experiences at Richmond, Wake Forest and here at Duke. Being a former player of mine and the very first recruit I had at Michigan State, I am very proud. She is a caring person, has a great philosophy and excellent work ethic. She is excited and eager to get started. This is a time in her life where she is prepared to put the time and the energy into the program and develop it further. I’m just very proud and excited and I will always be here to help her in any way.” – Duke Head Women’s Basketball Coach Joanne P. McCallie
“Candice Jackson will be a terrific head coach. She is a natural leader and has a great capacity to create and sustain relationships, which has dramatically impacted her ability to recruit at a very high level. Candice is a home-run hire.” – Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White
“Candice is a rising star in our business. She has the right skill set to be a great head coach. She is a very good communicator and has worked very hard to hone her craft. Candice understands recruiting and player development and is very adept at the X’s and O’s aspect of women’s basketball. She has tremendous people skills and there is no question in my mind that she is going to be a successful head coach. The College of Charleston has made a very good selection in Candice.” – North Texas Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Former Wake Forest Head Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Petersen
“Richmond was Candice’s first job and she was young, energetic and willing to learn the game of basketball. From the moment she got here, she developed really strong relationships with prospective student-athletes and their families and possessed a high basketball I.Q., which benefited our program. At the College of Charleston, she will develop a strong relationship with her team and players will enjoy playing for her. She understands the game and will have a lot of success there. Natasha (Adair) and her staff were very successful in Charleston the last two years, but that success will go even further. Candice has played and coached at the highest level and the College of Charleston is fortunate to find someone as good as she is. We are very proud and excited for her.” – University of Richmond Head Women’s Basketball Coach Michael Shafer
“I think Candice is one of those young, bright coaches of the future. I’ve known her for a long time and I’ve seen her evolve as a college basketball player, an assistant coach and a great recruiter. She has been schooled by a lot of great coaches and ultimately, the College of Charleston is very fortunate to have her.” – Albany Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Former Michigan State Associate Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
“In the time that Candice has been at Duke, she has been very professional and is someone of high morals and ethics. She is a tremendous recruiter. As she begins her journey as a head coach, that is certainly one of the attributes that you look for. When you look at the recruiting classes that we’ve had over the last few seasons, they have been some of the best in the country. Candice has had a big hand in that.” – Duke Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Jacki Silar
“Candice is absolutely ready for this position. She has worked her way through three different universities which has given her great vantage points from three great coaches. She has put herself in a position where she has learned the business and the game very well and it’s a natural progression for her to move into a head coaching position. Candice has been instrumental in our success and she is a great fit for the College of Charleston.” – Duke Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance Cindy Hartmann
“Candice Jackson is a rising star in the sport of women’s basketball. Coach Jackson is a student of the game and knows what it takes to win championships. She is extremely well organized, a tireless worker and an outstanding role model. Her leadership skills and her passion for this new challenge will elevate an already excellent program at the College of Charleston – to an even higher level.” – Duke Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Al Brown
“Candice Jackson comes to the College of Charleston to continue the pursuit of building champions on-and-off the court. The College is a different basketball program with different expectations thanks to the great job Natasha Adair did in her two short seasons. Candice will be expected to spin forward that winning culture with her style and her personality. I’m looking forward to grabbing a box of popcorn and sitting in the stands with my family to be entertained.” – ESPN College Basketball Analyst Debbie Antonelli
“I’ve followed Coach Jackson’s career since she was playing in the Lansing school system, then as a player and graduate assistant at Michigan State, and most recently, as she has become a coach at Richmond, Wake Forest and Duke. I’ve seen her grow and mature over the years and I believe she is ready for this challenge. I’m proud of her and look forward to what she and her team accomplishes at the College of Charleston.” – Mentor and Former Michigan State Assistant Director of Athletics Nate Lake
“Coach Jackson was always there for me and willing to be available to help us in any way possible, be it extra shots in the gym or extra workouts. She always had an open door policy whether it was about school, life and family. Her coaching style is aggressive and very energetic which pushes you to be better than you are. She will definitely bring a lot of energy and put her best foot forward in making the College of Charleston women’s basketball program the best that it can be.” – Former Duke All-American, 2013 ACC Co-Player of the Year and 2014 WNBA First Round Draft Pick Chelsey Gray
“Coach Jackson cares a lot about her players. She makes sure that they are doing the right things on-and-off the court. She always has an open ear and is very easy to talk to from a players’ standpoint. She prepares people to be the best basketball players and people they can be.” – Former Duke All-ACC First Team Selection and 2014 WNBA First Round Draft Pick Tricia Liston