Nia Jackson, a former standout guard at Chief Sealth High School who went on to star at the University of Oregon, has been added to the staff of the Loyola Marymount women’s basketball program as Director of Operations.
Here is the story from the team’s website:
LOS ANGELES – Former University of Oregon standout Nia Jackson joins the LMU women’s basketball coaching staff as the Director of Operations, third-year Head Coach Charity Elliott announced Monday.
“We are so excited to be adding Nia Jackson to the LMU women’s basketball staff,” said Elliott. “She had a fantastic career as a player both collegiately and professionally and now she is excited to take the next step in her career.”
Jackson was a member of the Ducks’ program from 2007-12. She was named her team’s Most Valuable Player following both her junior (2010-11) and senior (2011-12) seasons, while also earning First Team All-Pac-10 honors in 2011-12. Averaging 17 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 2010-11, she also earned the Ducks’ Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player honors.
Jackson departed Oregon ranked in the top 10 in single-game assists (11, recorded twice during the 2010-11 season, T-10th), single-season steals (83, 2009-10, T-6th), career assists (355, 9th) and career steals (204, 4th).
Upon graduating from Oregon in the spring of 2012 with a degree in sociology, Jackson began her own business, “Nia Jackson Individual Basketball Training.” She has worked with males and females ages 5-21 on fundamental technique, knowledge of the game and work ethic.
Jackson played one season (September 2012-April 2013) of professional basketball for HoNsU Jyvaskyla in Finland, leading the team to its first playoff appearance in franchise history.
After retiring from playing due to knee injuries, Jackson has worked as a personal trainer and coach in Seattle, while also working in operations at LA Fitness.
“Nia will bring so much energy and life to our team and is fully prepared to step in and work hard to help us build a championship program,” said Elliott. “Her character, work ethic and infectious personality sold me and I am thrilled to welcome her to the LMU Lion family.”