Prior to becoming the head coach at Alabama State, Jackson was an assistant coach for five years on Spivery's staff.
Jackson also played basketball at Alabama State, currently sitting fourth on Alabama State's all-time scoring list, and was named SWAC Player of the Year in his senior year. Jackson was inducted into both the Alabama State and SWAC Hall of Fames, and his number was retired by both Alabama State and his high school, Wetumpka High School. Jackson played one year of professional basketball in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks. Jackson was the recipient of the 2009 SWAC Coach of the Year award.
National champion Postseason invitational champion Conference regular season champion Conference regular season and conference tournament champion Division regular season champion Division regular season and conference tournament champion Conference tournament champion