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Jackson to steer Longwood tennis program – Farmville

Architect of two powerhouses on the Division II stage, Tusculum males’s and ladies’s tennis head coach Adam Jackson will take over the Longwood tennis packages as director of tennis, Athletics Director Michelle Meadows introduced Thursday.

With a training resume outlined by championship success on the nationwide and convention stage, Jackson was a two-time South Atlantic Convention Coach of the Yr and four-time SAC champion at Tusculum, and received a mixed three NAIA Nationwide Championships in each males’s and ladies’s tennis as an assistant coach at Georgia Gwinnett.

At Longwood, Jackson will assume command of two burgeoning Lancer packages that hit main milestones beneath former director of tennis Jhonnatan Medina Alvarez and are additionally on a run of three consecutive semesters because the top-performing tutorial groups within the Longwood athletics division.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Adam Jackson as Longwood’s subsequent director of tennis and head coach of our Longwood males’s and tennis packages,” Meadows mentioned. “With championship success and constant nationwide recognition in each males’s and ladies’s tennis at Tusculum, his resume speaks for itself. Nevertheless, what’s most spectacular is his strategy as a coach, which locations a heavy emphasis on workforce tradition, student-athlete improvement, and galvanizing an all-around dedication to excellence inside all of his gamers.

“Throughout the interview course of, Adam made these components of his teaching philosophy well-known, alongside along with his championship imaginative and prescient for Longwood tennis. I wish to give a particular thanks to [senior associate athletics director/external relations] Katie Pate for main the search and figuring out Adam as such a powerful candidate. Each of our Lancer tennis packages have made important strides over the previous a number of years, and we’re excited to herald Adam to proceed that momentum.”

A 2007 graduate of Appalachian State who additionally holds a grasp’s diploma in secondary schooling from Piedmont Faculty, Jackson amassed a 177-55 total file in his six years teaching Tusculum’s males’s and ladies’s packages. His males went 83-37 and received SAC Championships in 2016 and 2021, whereas his girls’s groups went 94-30 with SAC titles in 2017 and 2019, three consecutive NCAA Match berths, and 4 top-two finishes within the SAC standings.

The Pioneers skilled historic success on each a person stage as nicely beneath Jackson, together with this system’s first-ever feminine All-People in twin sisters Annie and Caitlin McCullough, two ITA Cup Nationwide Championship runners-up, and two SAC Gamers of the Yr, one male and one feminine.

“I wish to thank [senior associate athletics director/external relations] Katie Pate for her assist in bringing me to the Longwood household and athletics director Michelle Meadows for trusting me to steer the women and men of Longwood tennis,” Jackson mentioned. “I’m extraordinarily enthusiastic about the way forward for the packages and I can’t wait to get on the court docket with the student-athletes. My household and I are all excited to grow to be part of the Longwood group.”

Throughout Jackson’s tenure, Tusculum’s success went past the SAC convention to the nationwide stage along with his girls’s workforce attaining this system’s highest-ever rating at No. 14 in 2018, and the boys doing the identical at No. 24 in 2021. Tusculum’s highest-ever top-25 wins additionally got here beneath his course, with the ladies knocking off No. 11 Wingate in 2019 and the boys toppling No. 16 Queens in 2018.

That success adopted a breakthrough begin within the school teaching world, which Jackson started as an assistant coach at NAIA nationwide powerhouse Georgia Gwinnett in 2013. In his two seasons with the Grizzlies, Jackson helped head coach Chase Hodges seize back-to-back NAIA Nationwide Championships in males’s tennis in 2014 and 2015, in addition to a girls’s nationwide title in 2014 and a runner-up end in 2015. The Grizzly males went a mixed 37-2 throughout his tenure, whereas the ladies went 29-11.

Alongside along with his expertise on the collegiate stage, Jackson was additionally a highschool boys’ coach at Grayson Excessive Faculty in Loganville, and a instructing skilled at each the Jennings Mill Nation Membership in Bogart, Georgia, from 2001-09, and The Georgia Membership in Statham, Georgia, from 2012-15.

A embellished student-athlete at Wingate from 2001-03, Jackson helped the Bulldogs to a nationwide rating and this system’s first NCAA Match look in additional than a decade in 2002. He additionally received a Georgia Excessive Faculty State Championship in 1999 and was the state’s Area 8AAA singles champ as a senior in 2001.

Jackson has additionally been concerned with school tennis administration {and professional} improvement on the nationwide stage, serving on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee since 2019.

A local of Watkinsville, Georgia, Jackson and his spouse, Dana, have two sons, Gus and Jake.

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