Alanna Jackson joined the Bulldog coaching staff in April of 2008 as an assistant coach. Jackson is responsible for monitoring the academic success of student-athletes, on-campus recruiting activities, practice planning, the implementation of on-court training activities, coordinating travel and equipment management.
Jackson spent 2007 as an assistant at her alma mater, Nevada. Along with many of the duties she has now, she was co-director of the Nevada volleyball summer camps. She assisted in the development of four Western Athletic Conference selections (two first-team, one second-team and one freshman).
Prior to that, Jackson worked at the College of William and Mary in Virginia from 2003-2006. During her time there, she had a hand in the development of three All-Colonial Athletic Association selections, a rookie of the year and a defensive specialist of the year award winner. She established and co-owned the Colonial volleyball summer camps. Jackson was also the director of coaching development and a head coach for the Williamsburg Volleyball Club from 2004-2007.
Her collegiate coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002. She assisted in practice drill implementation and the coordination of recruitment. At UCSB, she played a role in the development of four All-Big West, three AVCA All-Region and two AVCA All-American selections. UCSB was the Big West Champion, a NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant and was ranked as high as No. 8 in the country.
As a collegiate athlete, Jackson earned a full scholarship to the University of Nevada in 1997 after transferring from De Anza College in San Jose, Calif. At De Anza, Jackson was a two-time captain, two-time Coast Conference MVP and two-time all-state selection.
As a senior at Nevada she led the Big West Conference in assists per game, finished ranked 16th in the nation in assists per game and was named to the all-conference second team, guiding the Wolf Pack to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. That same season she earned Big West All-Academic recognition and Nevada's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She captained the 1998 Wolf Pack squad that won the Eastern side of the Big West Conference for the first time ever.
After receiving her degree in theatre from Nevada in 2000, the Sacramento, Calif., native coached with the Sierra Nevada, High Voltage and Davis volleyball clubs.
Jackson and head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell played two years together at the University of Nevada in 1997-98.
Jackson and her husband, Ed, the Bulldogs other assistant coach, were married on Aug. 2, 2002. They have two children, Edward and Kellan.