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Jamaal Jackson Named Men’s Head Basketball Coach at Bluefield State College

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    Wednesday, March 21 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

jamaal jackson(Bluefield)—The term "interim" has been removed Jamaal Jackson's position title, and after one season as interim head coach of the Bluefield State College men's basketball team, Jackson is now the team's head coach. The College conducted a formal search for the position, and Jackson was selected from a field of applicants. His selection was announced recently by BSC. After arriving at BSC last October just a few days before the start of preseason practice, he will now have an opportunity to work with the program for an entire off-season leading into the 2012-12 campaign.

"I'm really looking forward to adding several new players to the student-athletes who will be returning from last season," he said. "I want the depth and level of talent on the roster to create a healthy competition for playing time." With three commitments already for the coming season, Jackson anticipates a more up-tempo style of play. "We will have more size and athleticism," he projected. "It should permit us to play more of a fullcourt style, challenging passes and creating opportunities offensively with steals and deflections. The WVIAC is a very high scoring conference, probably one of the highest in the nation. We averaged 76 points a game last year and were ranked last in conference scoring."

Prior to his arrival at BSC, Jackson's basketball coaching background included an internship with The Ohio State University men's basketball program and assistant basketball coaching positions at Kentucky State University and Stillman College.

"My first year as a head coach here last season taught me how to be a better coach," he reflected. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to continue as we seek to put the basketball program at Bluefield State on the right track."