Fred Jackson (American football coach)

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Fred Jackson
Fred Jackson.jpg
Jackson in June 2011
Biographical details
Born (1950-06-09) June 9, 1950 (age 68)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Playing career
1971Jackson State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1981Toledo (OC/QB/WR)
1982–1986Wisconsin (OC/QB/WR)
1987Navy (WR)
1988South Carolina (QB/WR)
1989–1990Purdue (OC/QB/WR)
1991Vanderbilt (QB)
1992–1994Michigan (RB)
1995–1996Michigan (OC/RB)
1997–2002Michigan (asst. HC/RB)
2003–2007Michigan (assoc. HC/RB)
2008–2014Michigan (RB)
2015–2017Ypsilanti HS (MI)
Accomplishments and honors
AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award (2001)

Fred Jackson (born June 9, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He was previously the running backs coach at the University of Michigan. In 2014, he was the longest tenured member of the Michigan Wolverines football coaching staff, having been with the program since 1992. Jackson served on the staffs of Gary Moeller, Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez, and Brady Hoke. In addition to coaching running backs, Jackson served as Michigan's offensive coordinator (1995–1996), assistant head coach (1997–2002), and associate head coach (2003–2007). He was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach, in 2000. After Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr retired following the 2007 season, Jackson was the only member of the coaching staff retained by Carr's successor, Rich Rodriguez. When Rodriguez was fired after the 2010 season, Jackson was the only member of Rodriguez's staff retained by his successor, Brady Hoke. Hoke and Jackson served as assistants together under Carr and Gary Moeller for a total of eight years including the 1997 national championship season.[1][2]

Before coming to Michigan, Jackson coached at the University of Toledo (1979–1981), the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1982–1986), the United States Naval Academy (1987), the University of South Carolina (1988), Purdue University (1989–1990), and Vanderbilt University (1991).

Jackson is a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan. His son, Jeremy Jackson, was a wide receiver for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 2010 until 2013 and his younger son, Josh Jackson, is the starting quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies.[3]


  1. ^ Chengelis, Angelique S. (January 14, 2011). "Tate Forcier will stay at Michigan if wanted, father says". Detroit News. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 19, 2011). "Greg Mattison returns to Michigan". ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Bitter, Andy (August 30, 2017). "New Virginia Tech starting QB has family history behind him". The Roanoke Times.

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