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Xavier University men's basketball coach Dannton Jackson   Dannton Jackson
Men's Basketball Head Coach
Xavier University of Louisiana

Office: (504) 520-5448     Fax: (504) 520-7934     Email: djackson@xula.edu
Mail and Shipping: 1 Drexel Drive, Campus Box 92, New Orleans LA 70125
Basketball Office Location: Room 106 of the Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz St.
Best Time to Contact Jackson: Weekday mornings

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     Dannton Jackson has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades during more than a decade as the head coach of men's basketball at Xavier University of Louisiana.
     Jackson's success with the Gold Rush includes:
     •  Winningest coach in the program's history. He earned that distinction when Xavier won 71-66 at Spring Hill on Dec. 17, 2013. The 2014-15 season will be Jackson's 12th as head coach, and he'll enter the season with a career record of 249-107.
     •  Nearly 23 victories per season.
     •  Five Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championships, including 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jackson and William Carey's Steve Knight are the only GCAC men's basketball coaches to win five regular-season championships. Jackson and SUNO's Earl Hill are the only GCAC coaches to win three consecutive regular-season titles.
     •  Of the 34 seniors to play for Jackson, 32 received bachelor's degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled at XU.
     •  Eight appearances at the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship, including a school-record four in a row twice. Jackson is the only XU men's basketball coach to reach the NAIA's national tournament more than three times.
     •  Nine 20-game winners, including each of the last four seasons and five in a row (2002-03 through 2007-08).
     •  Kelechi Okoroha in 2008-09 became the university's first College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District selection. Okoroha also was a three-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
     •  High standings on the all-time lists of Louisiana men's basketball coaches at four-year schools — tied for third in 20-win seasons and tied for third with 11 consecutive winning seasons. Those 11 straight winning seasons also are a Gold Rush record.
     •  GCAC Coach of the Year in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. In 2013-14, Jackson became the only coach to win the award three consecutive seasons. Also in 2013-14, Jackson was chosen Louisiana Small College Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches.
     •  Selection as a court coach for the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team.
     •  75 appearances in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 — 50 appearances in the last 51 polls through 2013-14. The Gold Rush entered the 2014-15 season with 37 consecutive top-25 appearances, the longest active streak in NAIA Division I men's basketball.
     Jackson's record-setting victory against Spring Hill in 2013 surpassed his predecessor, Dale Valdery, who was 234-136
     Dannton Jackson's teams won 85-of-89 games from 2009-14 when making more free throws than opponents.

Dannton Jackson's teams won 85-of-89 games from 2009-14 when making more free throws than their opponents.

Dannton Jackson's father, Joseph Jackson   Dannton Jackson's deceased father, Joseph Jackson, was a football and track standout for the Gold Rush and graduated from Xavier in 1960. Dannton's mother, Maxine Jackson, earned her Xavier degree in 1958.
from 1990-2002. Xavier's 74-50 victory at Fisk on Feb. 20, 2012, was Jackson's 200th as head coach. That made him the third consecutive Gold Rush coach to reach 200 victories.
     Xavier's 74 victories from 2010-11 through 2012-13 make it the winningest three years for the Gold Rush since 75 victories from 1937-38 through 1939-40.
     His winningest team was in 2010-11, when the Rush finished 27-6 after a 13-0 start, the best in the program since 1940-41. He led Xavier in an 82-79 upset of third-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) in 2007 — its first victory at the NAIA national tourney since 1973.
     Xavier's other GCAC championships during Jackson's tenure occurred in 2003-04 — when a 23-8 record made the Gold Rush the winningest men's team in Louisiana that season — and in 2006-07, when the Rush rebounded from a season's layoff after dealing with the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Twice the Gold Rush were the GCAC Tournament runner-up (2008, 2011).
     Jackson's teams participate annually in community service with a special interest in feeding the homeless.
     Jackson was given additional duties in September 2013 as Xavier's interim athletics director. He replaced Dennis Cousin, who retired after nine years. Jackson was the interim AD for seven months until the arrival of Jason Horn on March 31, 2014.
     Jackson succeeded Valdery as head coach in June 2002 after four seasons as Valdery's assistant. Jackson was the associate head coach in 2001-02. Jackson also has served Xavier as an assistant coach in women's basketball (1993-97), head coach of men's and women's cross country (1994-96) and interim athletics director in 2004. He also spent one season (1997-98) as a men's basketball assistant coach at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.
     During his four seasons as the women's basketball assistant, the Gold Nuggets won 83 percent of their games, swept the GCAC regular-season and tournament championships and won first-round games at the NAIA Division I National Championship in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
     Jackson served as president of the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches in 2008-09.
     Jackson was a summer coach for an adidas-sponsored age-group club team, the New Orleans Jazz, and he designs individual training regimens for local NBA players during their offseason. He also directed the Michael Jordan Basketball Camp in New Orleans, and he has served multiple years as summer hoops clinic director for New Orleans' NBA franchise.
     Two of Jackson's Jazz players — New Orleanians DJ Augustin (Texas/Charlotte Bobcats) and Shan Foster (Vanderbilt/Dallas Mavericks) — were NBA draft picks in 2008. Augustin will play for the Detroit Pistons in 2014-15. Another of Jackson's Jazz players, Brandon Bass, has played nine NBA seasons. The 2014-15 season will be the fourth for Bass with the Boston Celtics.
     Others Jackson coached with the Jazz included Glen "Big Baby" Davis of the Los Angeles Clippers, Mo Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Garrett Temple of the Washington Wizards and Tasmin Mitchell, who scored nearly 2,000 career points at LSU.
     Jackson, 44, is a native of Los Angeles and grew up there. He is a graduate of Sherman Oaks CES, a high school in suburban Reseda, Calif. Jackson was a basketball letterman at Xavier and earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1992. He added a second XU degree, a master of arts in education administration, in 1996.

Dannton Jackson's record as head coach of Xavier men's basketball

  —All Games— —GCAC Games—  
Season W L Pct.   W L Pct. Rank GCAC Tournament NAIA Tournament Final NAIA Poll
2002-03 22 12 .647   9 7 .563 tie-3rd 1-1, Semifinals RV (tie-37th)
2003-04 23 8 .742   13 5 .722 tie-1st 0-1, Quarterfinals 1st Round 22nd
2004-05 24 10 .706   13 5 .722 3rd 1-1, Semifinals 1st Round RV (26th)
2005-06 no team due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina
2006-07 22 10 .688   13 5 .722 tie-1st 1-1, Semifinals Final 16 RV (tie-27th)
2007-08 24 10 .706   12 6 .667 3rd 2-1, 2nd Place 1st Round RV (28th)
2008-09 19 12 .613   11 7 .611 tie-4th 0-1, Quarterfinals
2009-10 18 13 .581   9 9 .500 6th 0-1, Quarterfinals
2010-11 27 6 .818   4 2 .667 1-1, 2nd Place 1st Round 17th
2011-12 23 9 .719   11 3 .786 tie-1st 1-1, Semifinals 1st Round 24th
2012-13 24 8 .750   11 3 .786 tie-1st 0-1, Quarterfinals 1st Round 24th
2013-14 23 9 .719   10 2 .833 1st 1-1, Semifinals 1st Round tie-16th
11 Years 249 107 .699   116 54 .682 5 titles 8-11 8 trips, 1-8 record final top 25: 5 times
Xavier's highest NAIA rank during Jackson's tenure: 7th on Jan. 27, 2004


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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