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Kareem Jackson
Kareem  Jackson

Assistant Coach - Sprints, Hurdles, Horizontal Jumps

Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Track & Field
Third Season

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

Several athletes shined under Jackson during his second year in Madison, headlined by freshman Ebony McClendon. McClendon ran the school’s second-fastest time in both the 60 and 200 meters during the indoor season and placed eighth in the 60 meters at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships. McClendon ranks third in program history in the outdoor 200 meters and sixth in the 100 meters. Grace Heglund-Lohman finished sixth in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. On the men’s side, Ryan Davis had a solid sophomore season, finishing fifth in the finals of the 400 meters at the Big Ten indoor meet. Davis qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 400 meters, as did Aaron Thompson in the 400 hurdles. Thompson also scored for the Badgers at the Big Ten outdoor meet with a seventh-place showing in the 400 hurdles.

Several Wisconsin sprinters and jumpers shined under Jackson in his first year in Madison. Kim Azie ran the school's second-fastest time in the 60 meter dash, while Laura McGinnis cracked the Badgers' top-10 list in the triple jump en route to advancing to the NCAA West Preliminary Round. Grace Heglund-Lohman scored for the Badgers at the Big Ten outdoor meet with a personal-best time in the 400 hurdles. Babatunde Awosika ran the school's sixth-fastest time in the 200 meters during the indoor season, while during the outdoor season, Ryan Davis was one of three Badgers to run qualifying times for the USA Junior Outdoor Championships.

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
University of Chicago
• Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field

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 and was a qualifier for the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships. 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 and was a finalist in the 400 hurdles at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships.

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, and is married to Sara, and her son Tyus.

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