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Michael Jackson enters his 18th season as thehead coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s soccerprogram. A 1977 graduate of the University of Maine-Presque Isle,Jackson was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2002 and1998, and led a staff that garnered America East Coaching Staff ofthe Year honors in 2007.
In 17 years, Jackson has compiled a 126-170-31overall record, including a 43-30-9 record in conference play for a.580 winning percentage, coached five of the program’s topseven leading point scorers and the only All-America First Teamselection – goalkeeper Maja Hansen – in UNH history. Hehas also had 14 America East All-Conference First Team honorees, aswell as three players named to the North Atlantic ConferenceAll-Conference First Team, a Goalkeeper of the Year award winner(Kristen Ouellette, 2002), three Striker of the Year recipients(Chiara Best, 2004 and Michelle Sheehan, 2007 and 2008) and aMidfielder of the Year honoree (Caitlin Whelan, 2007).
Jackson, who has made 14 tournament appearanceswith the ‘Cats, led UNH to the title game in 1998 and 2007,as well as semifinal appearances in 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004,2005 and 2006. He also led the ‘Cats to America Easttournament appearances in 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In 2011, the Wildcats finished the season 5-12-2overall and 3-4-1 in conference play, leading them to their 11thconsecutive America East Championship tournament appearance. TheWildcats unfortunately bowed out in the first round, ultimatelyending their season.
In 2010, Jackson and the Wildcats qualified forthe tournament for the 10th straight season. The ‘Cats wereunable to advance in a first-round loss, ending their tournamentrun.
Jackson put together what may have been his mostimpressive year while at the helm for the Wildcats in 2007. He ledhis team to an 11-7-2 record, good for a .632 winning percentage.While the 11 victories tied the second highest win total in asingle season, which he had already done twice (1998, 2004), thewinning percentage was Jackson’s highest during his career inDurham. His 6-1-1 record in the conference garnered a share of theWildcats’ second ever America East regular season title,which also gave them their first America East tournament No. 1 seedin program history. For the sixth consecutive year, the Wildcatsmade it as far as the semifinal round. Jackson surpassed that,however, guiding the ‘Cats to the championship game for thesecond time in school history – the first time asa No. 1 seed and host of the title game.
UNH advanced to the semifinals of the AmericaEast Championships in 2006 and finished 6-11-1 overall with sevenshutouts. Two years prior, Jackson led the Wildcats (11-8-2overall) to their first America East regular-season title as UNHshared the crown with a 6-3-0 conference record. In 2002, Jacksonguided UNH to a second-place finish in the conference with a 5-2-1record. The Wildcats reached double digits in wins (10-7-1 overall)and tied the school record for shutouts by blanking the oppositionnine times. Jackson was honored as the conference’s Coach ofthe Year in 1998 after leading the ‘Cats to a third seed inthe league tournament with a 7-2-0 America East record. UNHadvanced to the conference championship game and finished thatseason with an 11-9-0 mark.
Before assuming the head coaching position atUNH, Jackson served as an assistant coach at the University ofConnecticut from 1990-94. During his tenure with the Huskies, UConnqualified for the NCAA tournament five consecutive seasons. In hislast season at UConn, the team advanced to the NCAA semifinals.They advanced to the championship game in 1990 and madequarterfinal appearances in 1991 and 1993. The Huskies producedseven NCAA Division I All-America selections, 14 All-New Englandand 12 All-Regional players, as well as one Academic All-Americanin Jackson’s five years of service.
Prior to joining the UConn coaching staff,Jackson served as the girls varsity soccer coach, as well asspecial education teacher at East Hampton (Conn.) High School from1986-89. He helped produce the school’s first-ever All-Stateplayer during his rookie season. In his second year at the helm,the team qualified for its first-ever tournament and producedanother All-State selection.
Jackson began his coaching career with theboys’ soccer program at Waterford (Conn.) High School(1981-85). He directed the team to the state tournament four times,including three conference championships. In 1982, his teamadvanced to the state final and generated the school’sfirst-ever All-America selection.
Jackson has also been involved in theConnecticut Junior Soccer Association’s Olympic DevelopmentProgram, as well as with the Under-15 through Under-19 State teams.He has also been involved in various soccer camps throughoutConnecticut and Massachusetts. In addition to his coachingbackground, Jackson also possesses several years of playingexperience. He was a member of the varsity soccer program at theUniversity of Maine-Presque Isle and played for the WaterfordSoccer Club, an amateur men’s team.
Jackson received his Bachelor’s Degree inBehavioral Science from Maine-Presque Isle in 1977 and attained hisMaster’s Degree in Education from the University ofConnecticut in 1986. As a member of the National Soccer CoachesAssociation, Jackson holds an Advanced National Diploma. He alsoearned a ‘B’ coaching license from the United StatesSoccer Federation. Jackson is a native of New London, Conn., andresides in Lee (N.H.) with his wife Cate.