Aggies Meet Cougars And Thunderbirds In Beehive State Battle
Aggies Nab Three Event Titles Plus All-Around For First Dual And WAC Win Of Year
Nicki Felley-Jackson is in her third year on the USU coaching staff after a well-decorated four-year career for the Aggies, serving as a volunteer assistant coach this season.
Felley-Jackson will handle various duties, both in the gym during practice and meets, as well as limited office duties.
"Nicki has been helping out at floor with tumbling. She comes from a really good gym, so she had to condition really hard and knows what it takes to work hard," USU head coach Jeff Richards said. " She wasn't a kid that could just get out there and do it. She was a kid that had to condition, condition, condition."
Felley-Jackson served as the captain of the USU gymnastics team her junior and senior years of 2008 and 2009. She graduated from Utah State in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.
While competing for the Aggies, Felley-Jackson was a two-time NCAA North Central Regional qualifier in the all-around her junior and senior seasons.
She was also a three-time all-WAC honoree. As a senior, Felley-Jackson earned second-team all-WAC accolades after finishing fifth in the all-around with a 38.925. As a junior she led USU in the all-around and ranked ninth in the WAC and 17th in the region.
"It has been great to have her coaching on the floor because she knows how hard she had to work to get it. She didn't always succeed, and workouts are hard, but she knows you have to somehow find a way to make it through it and make it happen," Richards said.
Off the floor of competition, Felley-Jackson was a three-time academic all-WAC honoree in addition to the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award all four years she competed.
Prior to her USU career, Felley-Jackson competed as a Level 10 gymnast for Chris Burdette and Kim Zmeskal as a member of Texas Dreams. In addition to winning the 2004 Texas state title on floor, Felley-Jackson placed second on beam at the Level 10 Regionals and at the Level 10 Nationals, she placed eighth on floor and 10th on vault. At the 2005 Junior Olympic Championships, she finished ninth in the all-around.
Felley-Jackson married former USU football student-athlete Leon Jackson III in August, 2010.