Tavares Jackson begins his fifth season as an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio University women's basketball staff in 2017-18.
In 2014-15, Jackson helped lead the Bobcats to a program record 27-win season and their first birth in the NCAA Tournament since 1995. Ohio led the MAC in scoring margin (+12.6) as well as scoring defense (55.2). Ohio also won the MAC regular season and tournament championship. The `Cats were also second in the MAC in turnover margin (+4.00). Ohio led the MAC in three-point field goals made per game (8.9).
Jackson most recently worked as a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for Boldon at Youngstown State. Jackson was a big part of a YSU offense which finished the 2011-12 season ranked fifth in the nation with 9.2 three-pointers made per game, and one which was also one of just 10 teams in the country to make at least 16 three-pointers in a game during the year.
Jackson served as the recruiting coordinator under Boldon at Youngstown State and also assisted with on-floor coaching, game preparation, scheduling and the program's camp series.
"Tavares is from the Columbus area and has done a great job recruiting the Midwest, specifically Ohio," said Boldon. "He brings a great deal of organization and is very structured with the way he does things. He's also brought a number of tremendous recruiting ideas to the table."
Prior to Youngstown State, Jackson worked at Division II Slippery Rock University from 2004-10. At Slippery Rock, Jackson became a well-respected recruiter, eventually bringing in five NCAA Division I transfers and two NJCAA All-American signings.
Following a successful playing career at Division II Minnesota, Crookston and Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin, Jackson got his start in college coaching as a graduate assistant at Bemidji State from 2000-02. He then cracked the NCAA Division I ranks with an assistant coaching job at Austin Peay. While on staff with the Governors, Jackson specialized in working with the team's guards while also assisting with various other tasks. He was a part of Austin Peay's best season in school history, a year which saw the Governors go 27-4 and win both the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Jackson then spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach with the Eastern Illinois Panthers.
Jackson earned his bachelor's degrees in both sports and recreation management and applied studies from Minnesota, Crookston in 2000.