Boise Native Returns to West to Join Aggies' Staff
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Utah State head gymnastics coach Jeff Richards announced that TeShawne Jackson has been named an assistant coach.
"TeShawne will bring a high level of experience to the team. She helped lead Iowa State to two consecutive regional appearances and coached Janet Anson to an all-conference finish on both beam and floor and a second place finish at the NCAA Central Regional," Richards said. "TeShawne has an eye for perfection and the persistence to make it happen. She knows what it takes to make changes and will out work anyone to make it happen."
Jackson brings six years of coaching experience to Utah State, including three years at Iowa State, where she not only coached fellow current Aggie assistant Janet Anson, but also coached with her, as they were both assistants for the Cyclones from 2008-09.
"Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in this environment. When I came here on my interview, I asked Jeff a lot of questions in regards to where he envisioned this team for the upcoming season and in the near future, his goals and his plan of action for this team," Jackson said. "After talking with him, and with Janet, I think we are all a very good fit staff wise. We are all committed to working towards the same goals and taking this team to the next level. I think this team is very underrated and has a lot of talent and potential."
Prior to USU, Jackson was a team compulsory/optional coach for Coral Reef Gymnastics in Weston, Fla. for one season. Before that, Jackson was at Iowa State for three years, where she was choreographer and coached the 2009 Big 12 beam champion, Jasmine Thompson. In 2007, Jackson mentored Anson, who earned All-American honors on beam. Anson also took all-conference on both beam and floor and finished second on beam at the NCAA Central Regional. Jackson helped lead the Cyclones to consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, a co-runner up finish at the 2007 Central Regional and second place at the 2008 Big 12 Championships.
"I think it will be awesome to be coaching with Janet again. One of the big positives we have is having coached together at Iowa State. I'm thrilled to be a part of what Jeff and Janet have started here and continue to improve this team. Both Janet and I have been around successful programs as both gymnasts and coaches, as well as Jeff as a coach, so we can all relate that to the girls to continue building Utah State into a successful program year in and year out," Jackson said.
From 2005-06, Jackson was an assistant at the College of William and Mary, where she choreographed for and coached the 2006 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) floor champion, Brittany Gibbs. While at William and Mary, she also helped Gibbs and Jess Randall to co-USA Gymnastics Collegiate Individual National Champions on floor in 2006.
Jackson began her coaching career at Ball State during the 2004-05 season, assisting on all events with a main focus on beam and floor. She also assisted with promotion of the team's meets.
A 2004 graduate of West Virginia University, Jackson earned her bachelor's degree in physical education with a co-concentration in athletic coaching education.
She had a well-decorated four-year career at WVU, winning the East Atlantic Gymnastics League vault and all-around titles in 2001 and 2002, tying the WVU career record for individual conference titles (four). In 2000, Jackson captured the NCAA North Central Regional Championship in floor exercise and was an individual national qualifier in 1999 at Junior Nationals while before qualifying as a collegiate gymnast in 2000 and 2002.
Jackson holds the WVU career record for perfect-10.00 performances in all events with a total of seven. She also holds the Mountaineers' career record for most scores of 9.90 or higher on vault and floor with 23 and 21, respectively. She has a gymnastics move named after her, which is recognized in the Code of Points (tour jeté ring 1/2).
"One of the things that we want to focus on is building that culture in the gym where the girls push themselves past their comfort level everyday they step into the gym. We want them to continually push each other and raise the bar in the gym," Jackson said. "I'm very excited for the upcoming season. I've been working with the girls a little bit the past couple weeks, and they're working hard to achieve the goals that we have set as a program. I think this is going to be a very good season, and we're just excited to get going."