Shannon Jackson has joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association as a player development coach, Tech announced Wednesday. Jackson, who will work directly with women’s basketball, comes to The Flats after serving as the director of strength and conditioning at Jackson State University.
“I am beyond appreciative of the opportunity that has been afforded by Coach [Nell] Fortner,” said Jackson. “I am extremely excited about the upcoming season and the vision that she has for the team. Coach Fortner and her staff have done an exceptional job with this team and they have already shown to be an amazing group of young ladies to work with. They work hard and hold each other accountable. The culture has already been established and that is the standard that I will continue to develop.”
The Birmingham, Ala., native spent the last two years at Jackson State where she oversaw all Olympic sports and worked primarily with men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer. While with the Tigers, Jackson was responsible for program design and implementation, including aspects of strength, speed, agility and conditioning training. She designed sport-specific protocols to maximize athletes performance potential, while utilizing sports science technology and equipment.
Jackson was part of two NCAA Tournament appearances at Jackson State with women’s basketball and volleyball. She also helped aid Jackson State to four regular season conference championships in men’s basketball, women’s basketball (two) and volleyball.
Prior to Jackson State, she worked as an assistant director for strength and conditioning from 2014-19 at Alabama State, where she held oversight of men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer. During her stint at Alabama State, the Hornets made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in women’s basketball and women’s soccer, and three-straight postseason appearances in volleyball. The men’s tennis program also captured its first conference championship in program history.
Jackson graduated from Auburn with a bachelor of education in exercise science in 2012 and a master’s of education in exercise physiology in 2013.