Laura Jackson joined the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer staff as assistant coach in March of 2017.
In her first year with the program, the Owls went 11-8-2 and made it to the semifinal round of the Conference USA Championship. Four members of the team earned C-USA honors, while two - Asta Arnadottir and Ebba Blomqvist - were All-Region.
Jackson came to Boca Raton most recently from the University of Idaho, where she spent four seasons on staff. She helped to lead the Vandals to back-to-back Big Sky regular season titles in her last two years, which included an undefeated conference mark in 2015 (9-0-1), followed by the squad going 7-1-2 in 2016. Overall, Idaho was 24-9-7 during that span, and their 2015 record compared to the season prior was most improved in the NCAA.
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.
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.
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.