Fred Jackson (American football coach)

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Fred Jackson
Fred Jackson.jpg
Jackson in June 2011
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Ypsilanti HS (MI)
Biographical details
Born (1950-06-09) June 9, 1950 (age 67)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Playing career
1971 Jackson State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1981 Toledo (OC/QB/WR)
1982–1986 Wisconsin (OC/QB/WR)
1987 Navy (WR)
1988 South Carolina (QB/WR)
1989–1990 Purdue (OC/QB/WR)
1991 Vanderbilt (QB)
1992–1994 Michigan (RB)
1995–1996 Michigan (OC/RB)
1997–2002 Michigan (asst. HC/RB)
2003–2007 Michigan (assoc. HC/RB)
2008–2014 Michigan (RB)
2015–present Ypsilanti 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 currently serves as the head football coach at Ypsilanti High School in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan. 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 sophomore wide receiver on the 2011 Michigan Wolverines football team.


  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. 

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