During his third season at Washington, Cornell Jackson will switch to the offensive side of the ball and coach the Husky running backs. He also takes on the added duties as Washington's recruiting coordinator.
Jackson has plenty of experience developing top collegiate running backs. He has an impressive resume as a running backs coach. He coached the position from 1996-99 at Arizona State and tutored such Sun Devil standouts as J.R. Redmond, Terry Battle, Jeff Paulk, Terrell Smith, Michael Martin, Delvon Flowers and Bruce Perkins. Five of those players were selected in the NFL draft and Redmond and Battle earned All-Pac-10 honors.
Each season Jackson coached the Sun Devil running backs ASU finished in the top four in the Pac-10 in rushing. The 1996 Arizona State team that advanced to the Rose Bowl led the league with a 248.5 average. The following season the Sun Devils topped the Pac-10 at 193.8 yards per game.
Jackson coached the Husky safeties last year after instructing the UW inside linebackers during his first season at Washington. He helped to coach Marquis Cooper, who led the team in tackles the past two seasons and was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
His current stint at the UW marks the second time during his career he has coached in the Seattle area. Jackson spent the summer of 1993 with the Seattle Seahawks as the linebackers coach in their minority coaching development program.
Prior to joining the Husky staff, Jackson, 43, worked at the University of Houston. For two seasons Jackson coached the Cougar linebackers. During the 2001 season he tutored Wayne Rogers, who was named Conference USA's co-Defensive Player of the Year.
No stranger to the Pac-10 and Husky Stadium, Jackson coached in Seattle twice during his four-year tenure as running backs coach at Arizona State from 1996-99. Jackson began his coaching career as running backs coach at Butler County (Kan.) Community College in 1987 before moving on to Central Missouri State as a graduate assistant coach from 1988-89.
From 1990-91 he worked as the linebackers coach at Utah State and then coached the same position at Pacific from 1992-94. Jackson spent the 1995 season at New Mexico, coaching the linebackers.
Jackson has taken advantage of NFL internship programs to work for several of the league's teams during their off season. He was an intern coach for linebackers for the Seattle Seahawks in 1993, worked with the St. Louis Rams' running backs in 1999 and was an intern coach for the Denver Broncos' running backs in 2001. This summer, he served as an intern with the San Diego Chargers coaching staff, working with linebackers.
Jackson graduated in 1986 from Sterling College in Kansas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He was a two-time all-conference defensive back in 1982 and 1983 after playing two years at Hinds Junior College in Mississippi.
A native of Jackson, Miss., Jackson, is married to the former Lorri Raser.