The former coach at UW, WSU, Pacific Lutheran and four-sport athlete at PLU dies at the age of 95. He was a giant in our state, as tall and enduring and recognizable as an evergreen.
Washington will face Loyola-Maryland on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (Pac-12 TV Net) in Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies turned up the heat on defense to surge past the Division-II national champions 88-78 in their lone preseason exhibition.
Months after leading Western Washington to its first Division-II national title, the new Huskies assistant Brad Jackson coaches against WWU.
The link that will make Brad Jackson's transition onto Lorenzo Romar's coaching staff with the Huskies easy is a Hall of Famer and the largest coaching icon in Washington basketball history.
The Huskies practice before heading out on their foreign trip.
Brad Jackson, the longtime head coach at Western Washington University and a good friend of Husky Coach Lorenzo Romar, was added to the UW bench on Aug. 17, 2012.
Jackson, 60, coached 27 seasons at Western Washington and amassed a school record 518 wins during his time with the Vikings. The crowning moment of his tenure came in 2012 when he led Western Washington to a 31-5 record and the NCAA II national title with a 72-65 win over Motevallo (Ala.).
He was the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches and DII Bulletin National Coach of the Year.
"I think we got an absolute steal," said Romar, upon Jackson's arrival. "You hire a basketball coach off of winning a national championship ... it doesn't happen very often. I'm just ecstatic that he has decided to do this.
"I have tried to hire him before and it just didn't work out. He is successful, very accomplished and knows the Northwest. He has been here forever. He is definitely going to help our program."
Jackson leaves WWU ranked 44th in NCAA II in career victories, and would have entered the season No. 13 among active coaches in victories and No. 40 in winning percentage (.650). He holds a career record of 518-279.
Jackson directed WWU to 19 national post-season appearances, winning the NCAA II national title in 2012 and reaching the national semifinals in 2001. The Vikings had 12 20-win seasons during Jackson's tenure, including a school-record four straight in the late 1980s.
Jackson ranks third among the winningest collegiate basketball coaches in state of Washington history with 518 victories, and is one of just five to reach the 500 mark. Jackson was recruited to WSU by the leader in that category Marv Harshman (637), who stands No. 2 in University of Washington history with 246 wins. Jackson also coached against the No.2 person on the state's list, Central Washington's Dean Nicholson (620).
Jackson was NCAA II West Region, Little All-Northwest and Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year in 2001. He also was NCAA II West Region Coach of the Year in 2010, NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year in 1988, 1989 and 1990, Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1988, NAIA Pacific Northwest Region I Coach of the Year in 1994 and GNAC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009.
Jackson was an assistant coach for the West at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival and is a past chair of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee where he was the Division II representative for five years.
Originally from Vancouver, Wash., Jackson graduated from Hudson's Bay High School. Jackson lettered three years each in baseball, basketball and football at Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash. He averaged 23.0 points a game as a senior in basketball, earning all-America and all-state honors.
He went on to Washington State where he played both basketball and baseball and graduated in 1975. Jackson led the Pac-8 in assists (5.7 apg) as a senior. On the baseball field, he was an outfielder for the Cougars.
He would go on to earn a master's degree in athletic administration from Seattle Pacific in 1977. He served five years as an assistant coach at SPU and five years as a high school head coach -- four at Olympia and one at Eastside Catholic -- prior to coming to WWU in 1985.
He and wife Debbie (formerly Halle), a four-time NCAA All-America gymnast at Seattle Pacific and a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, have two grown children, daughter Lynsey and son Kyle; and three grandchildren.
Jackson's father-in-law, Roland Halle, was a member of Washington's national semifinal team in 1953.