Former Oregon women’s basketball star player Nia Jackson, a rising star in the coaching ranks, is leaving the Ducks to be a full-time assistant at Boise State.
Jackson worked on Kelly Graves’ staff the past two seasons as the program’s director of creativity.
"I think Nia is phenomenal," Graves said after welcoming Jackson back to Eugene. "She’s a hard worker, she has already given us a lot in the recruiting in terms of just content that we’re putting out and new ideas. She’s got a great attitude. ...
"That was a great hire, a slam-dunk hire. She’s a Duck and she’s proud of it and was one of our all-time greats, so she’s got credibility."
Jackson was the director of operations for three years and an assistant for one year at Loyola Marymount before returning to Oregon. The point guard was an all-Pac-12 first team selection for the Ducks in 2011 and was named the team’s most valuable player during her junior and senior seasons.
Oregon went 64-7 with two Pac-12 championships and a Final Four appearance during Jackson’s two seasons on Graves’ staff. Sabrina Ionescu and the star-studded team’s chance to win the national championship ended when the NCAA Tournament was canceled by the COVID-19 heath crisis.
Boise State finished 24-9 last season and won its fourth consecutive Mountain West Conference Tournament title. Former Oregon forward Mallory McGwire averaged 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Broncos and will be a senior in 2020-21.
"I am beyond humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join the Boise State women's basketball program," Jackson said in a release. "I'd like to thank Coach (Gordy) Presnell for allowing me the privilege to be a part of an amazing coaching staff and institution."
Jackson still ranks in Oregon’s top 10 in career assists (355) and steals (204). She graduated from UO in 2012 with a degree in sociology and played professionally in Finland in 2012-13.
"We are very excited to have Nia Jackson join our women's basketball program," Presnell said. "She is a dynamic, energetic, and very talented coach who will add so much to our program. I know our players and coaches can't wait to work with her."
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