ATHENS, Ohio – Tavares Jackson has been promoted to associate head coach of the Ohio women's basketball program, head coach Bob Boldon announced today (July 2).
"I am extremely grateful and honored to be named associate head coach here at Ohio," Jackson said. "It has been a privilege being a part of the Ohio women's basketball program over the last six seasons. Having the opportunity to work alongside Bob (Boldon) for as long as I have has been amazing. He's one of the most respected and highly regarded coaches in the country. I look forward to continue serving and representing Ohio University and our incredible student-athletes. I would like to thank head coach Bob Boldon, (former) Director of Athletics Jim Schaus, interim Director of Athletics/Senior Women's Administrator Amy Dean, our athletic administration and President M. Duane Nellis for their gracious support in me and our women's basketball program. It's a tremendous honor and I'm humbled by this promotion."
Jackson will head into his seventh season on the Bobcat bench in 2019-20, where he has helped lead Ohio to unprecedented success. In 2018-19, Jackson helped guide the Bobcats to a 30-win season and a round of eight appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament – the farthest postseason run in Ohio history. Jackson helped Ohio place three on the All-Mid-American Conference list, with Cece Hooks making the first team and Erica Johnson and Amani Burke making the third team. Hooks received MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Johnson was the MAC's Sixth Player and Freshman of the Year.
"I am excited to promote Tavares Jackson as associate head coach at Ohio," Boldon said. "This is a promotion he has earned and is well deserved. Tavares and I have worked together for the last 10 years and we have enjoyed much success building two different programs. He is a relentless worker who does a tremendous job enhancing all aspects of our program. He is respected throughout the country as an excellent coach, and we are fortunate to have him at Ohio."
Jackson helped Ohio win a MAC Tournament title in 2014-15, putting the Bobcats in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994-95. The Bobcats finished that year with a record of 27-5. Jackson's been on the bench for 130 wins at Ohio, the most over a six year span in program history.
During his time at Ohio, Jackson has coached nine members of the All-MAC first, second or third team and has helped six players earn individual conference honors.
Jackson came to Ohio with Boldon in 2013 from Youngstown State, where he served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Jackson worked at Division II Slippery Rock from 2004-10, and got his start as a graduate assistant at Bemidji State and also has coached at Austin Peay. Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Minnesota – Crookston in 2000 and had a successful playing career at Crookston and at Mid-State Technical College.