Laura Jackson joined the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer staff as assistant coach in March of 2017.
Jackson comes to Boca Raton most recently from the University of Idaho, where she spent the last four seasons on staff. She helped to lead the Vandals to back-to-back Big Sky regular season titles the last two years, which included an undefeated conference mark in 2015 (9-0-1), followed by the squad going 7-1-2 this past year. Overall, Idaho was 24-9-7 during that span, and their 2015 record compared to the season prior was most improved in the NCAA.
“It is an honor to receive the opportunity to coach here at FAU,” said Jackson. “I hope that I can make a positive contribution to the improvement of the student-athlete experience of the soccer players within this athletic department. Coach Baker is a fantastic head coach and I’m equally as excited to be working and learning for him on a daily basis.”
Jackson began her collegiate career at Syracuse and finished it at Iona, where she was twice named All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and was team captain and a MAAC All-Tournament team member in 2012. She also coached at Iona before making the move to Idaho, and has experience with both goalkeepers and field players. In 2016, she gained entry into the NSCAA’s prestigious “30 Under 30” program, identifying the top young soccer coaches nationwide.
“I am incredibly grateful and excited to join this process, helping continue the growth that both Coach Baker and Coach Crane have been dedicated to since their arrival,” she said. “I will also always be thankful for the time that I spent at Idaho. The opportunity to learn from Coach Pittman and other members of the Vandal athletic department helped me grow into the coach I am today.”
Prior to her collegiate playing career, Jackson was a member of the Watford club team in the English Premier League, as well as part of the Arsenal Youth Academy. In addition to her college coaching experience, she has also coached club soccer with Moscow United/Quad City Fusion and Idaho Elite Soccer Academy.
“We are excited to announce Laura Jackson has accepted an opportunity to join our women’s soccer staff here at FAU,” said Baker. “There was a lot of great interest in the position and we felt fortunate to have so many talented candidates from across the country apply. As we narrowed the selection process, we felt good about our talks with Laura and the work she had done on the University of Idaho staff over the last four years. Laura comes from a winning culture and brings a wealth of new ideas for our players and staff. She is good person who has a tremendous work ethic and will be a great role model for our girls, and she will have the opportunity to be around and work with our players for the remainder of the spring season.”
“Although it will be very sad to see Laura leave our staff, I am excited for her and the opportunity she will have to continue growing as a coach at Florida Atlantic University,” said Idaho Head Coach Derek Pittman. “We have been very lucky to have Laura as an integral part of our Vandal soccer program over the last four years. She has been a key ingredient in the cultural change and the continued development of our athletes here at Idaho. We could not have won our two Big Sky regular season championships without the work that she put in on a daily basis. Saying that, I know it is time for her to move on and continue learning in a new environment. I couldn’t be happier to know she will be able to further her career under Coach Baker and his staff at FAU. We sincerely wish her all the best in this new challenge.”
Jackson earned her master's degree in neuroscience from Idaho and is working towards her PhD from the school in sports psychology (with a concentration on team and individual psychological performance). She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Iona, and twice while at Syracuse, made the athletic director’s honor roll. She is a native of London, England.