Candice M. Jackson was introduced as the seventh all-time women’s basketball head coach at the College of Charleston on Tuesday at TD Arena.
This is the first head coaching position for Jackson, who previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke University under head coach Joanne P. McCallie. She helped sign three consecutive top-rated signing classes and was a part of back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances with the Blue Devils in 2012 and 2013.
Jackson also served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University from 2009-11 and the University of Richmond from 2005-09. She previously coached on the same staff at Wake Forest with former CofC head coach Natasha Adair and associate head coach Bob Clark, who will remain on staff.
“When this opportunity came about, it really was a no-brainer,” Jackson said. “Natasha (Adair) and I are good friends and have bounced off ideas with each other the last two years. I had the inside scoop on what I needed to know about the program and the things that she and her staff were doing and putting in place. I am looking to build on that here in Charleston.”
This past season, the women’s basketball team compiled a 19-15 overall record including five wins over teams who participated in postseason play the year prior. The Cougars finished tied for third in conference play and reached the semifinals of both the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship and the Women’s Basketball Invitational. They qualified for postseason play in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program’s NCAA Division I history (1991-Present).
“The city speaks for itself and everything it has to offer,” Jackson said. “The College, the city, the food, the environment and the facilities. Also, the selection committee, the staff and the administration have been very friendly and supportive. I know they have my back. There’s something about Charleston and it was an opportunity I could not pass up.”
A 2004 graduate of Michigan State where she lettered in basketball from 2000-04 and served as a graduate assistant coach from 2004-05, Jackson was joined at Tuesday’s press conference by her mother, Teresa B. Jackson, and sisters, Tedra and Tracy Jackson – making it a memorable family affair.