REPORT: Jackson will not return as WBB Head Coach at Akron

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Melissa Jackson will not return as the women’s basketball head coach at the University of Akron.

UA director of intercollegiate athletics Charles Guthrie issued the following statement to the Beacon Journal:

“The University of Akron has decided it will not extend the contract of women’s basketball coach Melissa Jackson when it expires on June 30, 2023. We wish Coach Jackson well moving forward.”

Jackson has gone 70-66 (.515) in her five seasons as the Zips head coach. Her team is currently 15-10 (6-8) with four regular season games remaining.

“The only thing I’ll say on it is I’m very disappointed in their decision,” Jackson told the Beacon Journal when asked whether UA had informed her last week her contract would not be renewed.

“But I got a great group of girls, and we’ve already accomplished a lot this year. I’m just focused on them right now, and we’ve still got a lot to accomplish. That’s where my focus is.”

Before being hired as the Zips head coach back in 2018, Jackson spent ten years on the UA staff as an assistant coach, and later as the associate head coach.

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