Mike Jackson is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Michigan basketball program. In Jackson's first three seasons, he has been one of U-M's top recruiters and has helped with coaching the Maize and Blue perimeter players. Throughout his tenure, he has helped U-M to three 20-win seasons, as well as an NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance in 2009 and two appearances in the Postseason NIT.
In 2006-07, Jackson assisted the Wolverines to their second consecutive 20-win season as they closed at 22-12 with an 8-8 mark in the Big Ten. U-M advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament before being eliminated by No. 1 seed and No. 1 nationally ranked Ohio State. Despite the elimination, the Wolverines were selected for the 2007 Postseason NIT.
After a 68-58 win over Utah State in the first round at Crisler Arena, the Wolverines pushed their undefeated home record in the NIT to 15-0. However, the Maize and Blue were eliminated in the second round at Florida State. During the season, U-M closed its home slate with an 18-3 overall record, tying the 1985-86 team for the most wins at Crisler Arena in a season. In addition, the Wolverines set the school's single-season record, amassing 200 total blocks as a team.
The 2005-06 U-M squad closed with a 22-11 record, including an 8-8 mark in the Big Ten on its way to a finalist finish in the Postseason NIT. To begin the season, the Maize and Blue went 10-1 in the non-conference and bettered its record to 16-3, marking the best team start since 1992-93 season. Michigan won back-to-back games against ranked opponents for the first time in 12 years, defeating No. 11 Michigan State and No. 23 Wisconsin three days later. During the Big Ten season, U-M cracked the top 25 in the national polls for the first time in eight years, peaking at No. 20 during the season.
Prior to joining the Maize and Blue, Jackson was an assistant coach for two years at the University of Dayton (2003-05) under Brian Gregory. Jackson helped the Flyers to the Atlantic 10 West Division championship in 2004 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Flyers were eliminated, 76-69, in the first round by DePaul in a thrilling double overtime game. Prior to his stint at Dayton, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo for two years (2001-03), helping the Rockets to a West Division runner-up finish in 2002.
Jackson began his coaching career after graduating from the University of Detroit in 1995. Serving five years as an assistant coach at his alma mater (1996-2001), he helped the Titans to four 20-plus win seasons during that timeframe. With back-to-back 12-2 records in 1998 and 1999, Detroit recorded two straight Midwest Collegian Conference titles, helping the Titans earn bids to the NCAA Tournament.
After a down-to-the-wire 66-64 win over St. John's in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Titans were eliminated by Purdue in the second round. In the 1999 NCAA Tournament, the Titans upset nationally-ranked UCLA, 56-52, in the first round, before again being eliminated by a Big Ten opponent, Ohio State in the second round.
Jackson also helped guide Detroit to a semifinal appearance in the 2001 Postseason NIT. After three straight road wins at Bradley (68-49), Connecticut (67-61) and Dayton (59-42), the Titans advanced to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the NIT Final Four. In a hard fought contest, Detroit lost to Alabama, 74-63, in the semifinal.
While at Detroit, Jackson coached three players to the NBA -- Willie Green (2000-03), currently with the Philadelphia 76ers; Desmond Ferguson (1998-2000), who played one season with the Portland Trailblazers; and Jermaine Jackson (1996-99), who played with five different NBA franchises.
As a player (1992-95), Jackson was a four-year letterwinner and was the first Detroit player to score 1,000 points (1,125) and dish for 400 assists (422) in his career. He is ranked 24th all-time in scoring after averaging 10.1 per game. He helped guide the Titans to the 1994 MCC Tournament title, and for his efforts was named the All-Tournament team. He also ranks fifth all-time for three-point field goals (157) and three-point attempts (428).
A native of Detroit, Mich., Jackson is a 1995 graduate of the University of Detroit with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He and his wife, Amira, reside in Ypsilanti, Mich., and have two children: Mylan and Amani.
The Mike Jackson File
Full Name: Michael Lanier Jackson
Born: April 28, 1973
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
High School: U of D Jesuit High School
College: University of Detroit, 1995 (B.A., Business Administration)
Family: Married, wife Amira; children, Mylan and Amani
|1996-2001||University of Detroit||Assistant Coach|
|2001-03||University of Toledo||Assistant Coach|
|2003-05||University of Dayton||Assistant Coach|
|2005-pres.||University of Michigan||Assistant Coach|
Coaching Career Breakdown
|1997-98||Detroit||Assistant Coach||25-6||12-2||t-1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1998-99||Detroit||Assistant Coach||25-6||12-2||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2000-01||Detroit||Assistant Coach||25-12||10-4||2nd||NIT Semifinals|
|2001-02||Toledo||Assistant Coach||16-14||11-7||2nd, West||-|
|2002-03||Toledo||Assistant Coach||14-15||7-11||7th, West||-|
|2003-04||Dayton||Assistant Coach||24-9||12-4||1st, West||NCAA First Round|
|2004-05||Dayton||Assistant Coach||18-11||10-6||t-2nd, West||-|
|2005-06||Michigan||Assistant Coach||22-11||8-8||t-6th||NIT Finalist|
|2006-07||Michigan||Assistant Coach||22-13||8-8||t-7th||NIT Second Round|
|2008-09||Michigan||Assistant Coach||21-14||9-9||t-7th||NCAA Second Round|