Jackson comes back to Berkeley after spending two seasons in Stockton as an assistant for Neu at the University of Pacific. Prior to joining the Tigers' staff, he spent the 2015 season as Cal's volunteer assistant and helped the Bears go 36-21, finish third in the Pac-12 and reach the College Station Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Before joining the Cal staff in 2015, Jackson worked for the San Diego Padres as a professional scout. He graduated from Cal in 2003 with a degree in American Studies and went on to play in the Chicago Cubs organization for two years.
Jackson played for the Bears from 2001-03 after transferring from Arkansas. A native of Mill Valley, Calif., he helped the 2001 Bears go 34-25 and reach the Baton Rouge Regional. He appeared in 48 games during his Cal career, primarily as a first baseman and outfielder.
Off the field, Jackson has turned his love of baseball into a force for positive change. In 2003, he co-founded the First Base Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through mentorship, development of leadership skills and building self-esteem.
A product of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif., Jackson is the godson of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker. His father, Sylvester, served as a radio broadcaster for the Oakland A's from 1987-92.
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