Kareem Jackson
Kareem Jackson

Position:
Assistant Coach - Sprints, Hurdles, Horizontal Jumps

Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's and Track & Field
First Season
KRJ@athletics.wisc.edu


Kareem Jackson eneters his first year as the men's and women's sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Prior to his appointment at Wisconsin, Jackson served as the head coach at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for four seasons, succeeding current UW throws coach Dave Astrauskas. During his time at SIUE, Jackson led the Cougars in their transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.

The Jackson File
Name: Kareem Jackson
Hometown: Harvey, Ill.
Alma Mater: Lewis, 2002
Coaching Experience
University of Wisconsin
• Assistant Coach, Track & Field, 2013-Present
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
• Head Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field, 2009-2013
• Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field, 2007-2009
Lafayette College
• Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field
2005-2007
University of Chicago
• Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field
2003-2005

In SIUE's first year eligible of Division I eligibility in 2013, seven athletes advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round, and La'Derrick Ward became the first athlete in program history to advance to the NCAA championships. He earned honorable-mention All-America accolades in the long jump. Ward and Jessica Oranika both competed at the 2013 USA Junior Championships.

More than 30 records were broken by student-athletes during his tenure at SIUE, and SIUE athletes have entered the top-three in the all-time list in nearly every event. In addition, 17 athletes earned marks that would have earned them spots in the NCAA preliminary round had SIUE been eligible during its transition to Division I.

In 2012, Darius Smith competed in the USA junior championships in the 200 meters, while Jatavia Wright qualified for the U.S. junior championships in the 100 hurdles. Thrower Ben Bishop qualified for the 2010 USA Indoor Championships, and William Lindsey qualified for the 2010 USA Junior Championships in both hurdle events.

The Cougars also were successful in the classroom during Jackson's tenure as the women's track squad earned All-Academic honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Prior to his time at SIUE, Jackson was an assistant at Lafayette, working with the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He served in a similar role at the University of Chicago.

A member of the USTFCCCA, Jackson holds a Level I coaching certification as well as a Level II coaching certification in sprints, hurdles and jumps.

Jackson received a bachelor's degree in general studies and mathematics from Lewis University in 2002. The Flyers were ranked in the top 15 in the country in each of his four years. He won a Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in the high jump in 1998 and earned all-conference honors in both the 110 hurdles and the high jump.

A native of Harvey, Ill., Jackson has a daughter, Jasmine.

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