25 Jason Jackson
Jason  Jackson

Position:
Associate Head Coach/Pitching

Alma Mater:
Florida State '00


07/05/2016

Resiliency: The 2016 FAU Baseball Season in Review

How FAU won its first C-USA Championship

02/21/2016

Baseball Downed SDS 4-2 to Remain a Perfect 4-0 in 2016

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02/20/2016

Baseball Moves to 3-0 with a 4-0 Victory at No. 11 Mississippi State

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02/19/2016

Baseball Topped No. 11 Mississippi State

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06/08/2015

Standard of Excellence: The 2015 FAU Baseball Season Revisited

Owls post 40 win season for 13th time

Through his coaching and recruiting efforts, Jason Jackson has helped Florida Atlantic remain one of the top baseball programs in the NCAA South-Central region. He joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2008 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in September of 2016.

During Jackson's eight seasons, the program has captured four conference titles and had an appearance in four NCAA Regionals, including the 2013 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, where they defeated No. 1 seed UNC.

Jackson has had 23 players taken in the MLB First Year Player Draft since 2009, 20 of whom were not drafted out of high school, but were developed into professional players.

Jackson has coached 14 pitchers that have been selected in the Major League Baseball Drafts: David McKay, Colyn O'Connell and Robbie Coursel in 2016, Seth McGarry, Kyle Miller and Drew Jackson in 2015, Gomber in 2014, Sylvestri in 2013, Alvarez and Garton in 2012 after Davis was drafted in 2011. Following the 2010 campaign, Ryan Bernal and Mike Gipson were selected. Reliever Andy Mee signed an independent professional contact following the 2011 season. In Jackson's first season with the team, Alex Pepe was selected in the 2009 draft.

Alvarez was a third-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels, marking the fourth-highest draft pick in program history.

In 2016, Jackson's pitching staff paced Conference USA with a 3.24 ERA, six shutouts and a 1.21 WHIP and allowed the fewest walks, runs and doubles in the league en route to a C-USA Championship. The Owls ranked 14th in the nation in ERA, 14th in walks allowed, 15th in WHIP, 15th in fielding percentage and 17th in win percentage over the regular season. 2016 produced five draft picks, including three pitchers and the top draft pick in program history as CJ Chatham was selected in the second round by the Boston Red Sox. Pitchers David McKay, Colyn O'Connell and Robbie Coursel were each drafted and Devon Carr signed a professional contract.

2015 saw the emergence of several pitchers who gained national traction. Senior Drew Jackson was named All-Conference USA and was one of three FAU hurlers taken in the MLB Draft along with Seth McGarry and Kyle Miller. Fellow senior Bo Logan signed a contract with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in June. Jason Jackson's squad ranked third in C-USA with a 3.52 ERA and third with 422 strikeouts. The Owls led the league with 42 victories and walked just 169 batters.

As the Owls made their transition into Conference USA in 2014, Jackson's efforts produced two more draft picks in Austin Gomber and Mitch Morales, and two All-Conference selections in Brendon Sanger and Stephen Kerr. Kerr also earned Freshman All-American as one of the most consistent players in the league.

His staff allowed only nine home runs, the fewest in FAU history and the fewest in C-USA in 2014. The Owls ranked 19th in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.57 and have led their league in that category each of the last four seasons.

Austin Gomber and Hugh Adams shined in their pitching roles in 2013 and were both named first team All-Sun Belt. Under Jackson's guidance, closer Adams set the school's season saves record with 18 as well as the FAU and SBC career saves mark at 31. Junior starting pitcher Gomber was named to the preseason 2014 All-Conference team in FAU's first season in the conference and held the lowest earned run average in the SBC in 2013 at 2.97.

In 2012, the Owls went wire-to-wire to capture their second Sun Belt Conference title in a three-year span. Reliever R.J. Alvarez and starting pitcher Ryan Garton received first-team all-conference honors, marking the third-consecutive season that FAU has had the first-team all-Sun Belt reliever.

Jackson helped starting pitcher Paul Davis and reliever Hugh Adams to earn first team all-league honors following the 2011 season. Both players also were recognized as All-South Central region selections by the National Baseball Coaches Association of America. Adams led the conference with 10 saves, while Davis made the most of his only season at FAU, posting a 10-1 record with a 2.87 ERA.

Jackson's role as pitching coach was evident in 2010 as he guided the Owls to their first Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship. The pitching staff compiled the fourth-best earned run average in the conference, but most importantly lowered the ERA by an entire run from the 2009 squad.

Jackson spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama (USA). Two of Jackson's pitchers at USA were selected in the 2008 MLB Draft. Under his direction, USA pitchers struck out 188 more batters than they walked during the last season.

Jackson's collegiate coaching career spans 15 seasons, with 13 at the NCAA Division I level. A brief stint as pitching coach at North Florida Community College was followed by a move to Macon, Ga., in 2003 to serve as assistant coach at Mercer University. Jackson was essential in establishing a number of new university pitching records during his three-year tenure at Mercer, and was elevated to the program's recruiting coordinator in 2006.

A native of Tallahassee, Jackson holds a master's degree in sports administration from Florida State University, where he also completed his undergraduate course work in physical education. He and his wife Katie live in West Palm and have two children - Kinsey and Tyler.

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