Fresno State Athletics put on a free sports clinic for children in eighth grade and younger on Saturday, Feb. 4. in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Fresno State (12-13, 6-6 WAC) completed its third season sweep of a conference opponent by downing Louisiana Tech in straight sets.
With a pair of blocks, Brianna Clarke moved into third all-time (417) on the Bulldogs' blocks list. She is now 20 blocks shy of the career record held by Suzie Regal (1989-92).
Ed Jackson joined the Bulldog coaching staff as an assistant in April of 2008. He is entering his 10th collegiate coaching season and his third season as a Bulldog. Coach Jackson is the team's recruiting coordinator. His other responsibilities include oversight on all aspect dealing with video technology. In the gym, he trains the setters and assists with practice planning.
Prior to Fresno State, Jackson was the Associate Head Coach at The College of William and Mary. He spent four seasons in Williamsburg, Va., assisting in the turn around of a program that went from seven wins to 22 wins in three seasons. In his time at William and Mary, Jackson was responsible for recruiting, practice planning, video analysis and in-match strategy. He assisted in the development of three All-Colonial Athletic Association team selections along with the rookie of the year and defensive player of the year award winners.
Prior to joining the staff at William and Mary, Jackson served as an assistant coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he assisted with recruiting and video analysis. He was fortunate to be part of arguably one of the best single seasons in the program's history. UCSB broke several school records including best start (23-0) and most consecutive wins (23). The Gauchos won the Big West Conference outright for the first time with an undefeated 16-0 record. The historic season continued with a Sweet 16 finish in the NCAA National Championship Tournament and a final national ranking of No. 8. Coach Jackson assisted in the development of two AVCA All-American selections along with four first team All-Big West Conference members.
Jackson also has some head coaching experience in the college ranks, guiding the men's club program at the University of California at Davis in its 1998 campaign. Coach Jackson guided the Aggies's back to the national spotlight. The program was ranked as high as 10th nationally during Ed's time as head coach.
Jackson's first stint as a college coach was at Eastern Illinois University as a graduate assistant with the Panther's volleyball team. Coach Jackson assisted in the program's first regular season Mid-Continent Conference championship in 1995.
He also served as the director of volleyball and head coach of the varsity team at Sacramento's Rio Americano High School, compiling a combined record of 39-6 in two seasons. Under Jackson, the Raiders won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sac-Joaquin sectional championships both years and advanced to the California State Tournament, finishing ranked No. 3 and No. 5 in California's Division II.
Coach Jackson is currently working with the Central Cal Volleyball Club in Clovis. He assisted the17 Gold team to an appearance in the 2009 U.S. Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships in July of 2009.
Receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology from Sacramento State University, Jackson was a member of the men's volleyball team that brought the 1997 NIRSA Collegiate Volleyball National Championship trophy back to Sacramento. During his tenure at as a hornet, he garnered all-conference honors along with a collegiate club All-American award and the 1997 national championship tournament most valuable player. This past spring he was honored as the 2008 inductee into the Sacramento State Men's Volleyball Hall of Fame.
Jackson is a native of California, hailing from San Diego. He and his wife Alanna have two children, Edward and Kellan.