Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Cornelius Jackson - Assistant Head Coach
Cornelius Jackson has served as an assistant coach at UT Martin since 2009-10. This season will be his third as recruiting coordinator for the Skyhawks and second as an assistant head coach.
"Cornelius is a great recruiter who relates very well to our players," Skyhawk head coach Jason James said. "He's a great person and his value system fits in to what we are trying to do here and what we are trying to get our players to do. We're very excited to have him as part of our family."
In 2011-12, Jackson oversaw the development of Myles Taylor, who would win OVC Freshman of the Year accolades as well as a spot on the league's All-Newcomer squad.
In his first season as recruiting coordinator, Jackson reaped the benefits of one of the strongest recruiting classes in program history in 2010-11. UT Martin's freshmen trio combined to win eight adidas Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week awards, which was only the third time that one university earned that many mentions in a single season since the league created the award in 1978-79.
Also in 2010-11, UT Martin tripled its win total from the previous season and earned its first-ever OVC Tournament victory in Nashville under Jackson's tutelage.
"In my three years here, there is no question we have grown as a program," Jackson said. "As our staff and players continue to put in all the hard work they have shown so far, we are close to becoming one of the top teams in the OVC."
Prior to joining the Skyhawks, Jackson was an assistant coach at West Virginia State University since 2003. Jackson was responsible for all recruiting and scheduling at West Virginia State. He also coordinated the video film exchange, scouted opponents and helped develop game plans. He developed specialized workouts for individual skill instruction for both post and perimeter players and coordinated all itineraries and travel arrangements for unofficial and official visits.
West Virginia State finished with a 24-6 record in 2008-09. The team won the West Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championship for the fourth time in six years. West Virginia State compiled a 148-43 worksheet with Jackson as an assistant coach since 2003.
Jackson signed with the University of Tennessee out of high school and after being a part-time starter for the Vols as a freshman, he transferred to Marshall University where he enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career.
Jackson was Marshall's starting point guard and team captain for three years. He was also the only Herd player to start every game during his career. He led the Mid-American Conference in assists as a junior and senior.
After graduation, Jackson was drafted by the Roanoke Dazzle of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL). He also played professionally in Germany and Austria.
Jackson has a bachelor's degree in sociology and has twin daughters.