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The Suburbanite
  • Akron names Derrick Jackson defensive line coach

  • University of Akron head football coach Rob Ianello has appointed former Syracuse defensive line coach Derrick Jackson to the same position with the Zips’ program.

     

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  • University of Akron head football coach Rob Ianello has appointed former Syracuse defensive line coach Derrick Jackson to the same position with the Zips’ program.
     
    “I have known Derrick for several years and have first-hand knowledge of his work,” Ianello said. “I am very impressed with him both personally and professionally. I know our defensive line will enjoy playing for him. He will be an excellent addition to our overall staff and defensive staff in particular. Derrick brings great energy and I have come to respect him as a teacher and recruiter.”
     
    Jackson spent three seasons (2007-09) with the Orange, including the 2008 campaign as co-defensive coordinator. While there, Arthur Jones established himself as a feared defensive line, earning All-Big East honors in each of the last three years with two first team selections to his credit. In 2007, Jones ranked ninth in the NCAA with 17.5 tackles for loss. This past season, Syracuse’s defense ranked 13th in the nation and first in the Big East in rushing defense, including a game where the Zips only amassed 191 yards of total offense and zero net yards rushing.
     
    Prior to his stint at Syracuse, Jackson was the defensive line coach at Michigan State (2006), where coached – among others – 2007 NFL draft pick Cliff Ryan and 2008 NFL free agent signee Ogmedi Nwagbuo. The previous season, 2005, Jackson served as defensive tackles coach for Northern Illinois as the Huskies won the MAC West title and faced the Zips in the 2005 MAC Championship. That year, NIU’s defense ranked 34th in the NCAA and second in the MAC in allowing the fewest points per game.
     
    Jackson’s first stop in Illinois came from 2003-04 as defensive line coach at Eastern Illinois. While there, Marcus Lorick was named second team All-American (2004) and the Panthers ranked 18th nationally in total defense. Jackson’s first collegiate job on the defensive side of the ball came from 2001-02 when he mentored the defensive ends at the United State Military Academy. With the Black Knights, he coached Clarence Holmes, who set the school single-season and career records for sacks, and Brandon Perdue, a first team Academic All-America.
     
    After six years in the private sector upon graduating from Duke, Jackson broke into coaching in 1999, working as the tight ends coach at the University of West Georgia until 2001. In his second year with the program, West Georgia was Gulf South co-champions.
     
    He also has coaching experience in the National Football League. During the summer of 2002, Jackson worked with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and, in 2001, worked with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and linebackers coach Joe Barry of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Minority Fellowship program.
     
    A native of Cincinnati (born Jan. 16, 1970) and product of West Morris Central HS in Long Valley, N.J., Jackson is a 1993 Duke graduate with a degree in history. He was a four-year starter at safety for Duke where he played for Steve Spurrier (1989) and Barry Wilson (1990-92). He started 40 consecutive games for the Blue Devils, recording 262 career tackles and six career interceptions. His 262 career tackles ranked No. 8 on Duke's all-time list. He was selected as the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Back in both 1991 and 1992. Jackson started as a red-shirt freshman on the 1989 Duke team that posted an 8-4 record, claimed a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and earned a trip to the All-American Bowl.
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    He lettered in three sports - football, basketball and track - while attending West Morris Central High School in Chester, N.J. As a senior, Jackson helped West Morris Central to a 9-2 record and a second-place finish in the Group III state playoffs while earning first-team all-state honors from the New Jersey Football Coaches Association.
     
    Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in history from Duke in 1993. His wife, the former Renae Stahl, is also a 1993 Duke graduate and is originally from Defiance, Ohio. Renae was a standout long and triple jumper with the Blue Devils and was a 1999 inductee to the Defiance High School Hall of Fame.