St. Bonaventure adds Jackson as WBB DBO

Story: Dylan Nuzzo, Assistant Sports Information Director, SBU

St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball head coach Jim Crowley has announced the addition of Kayla Jackson as the new Bonnies women’s basketball director of basketball operations.

Jackson joins the Bonnies after spending the 2021-22 season at Evansville as a graduate assistant coach.

“Kayla is someone we have wanted to have with our group for a long time,” Crowley said. “We believe she is a rising star in the business. Her connection to the area is something that makes it even better. She has the experience to do the job very well and the connection she will make with the players will impact our program for the better.”

While at Evansville, Jackson helped plan and organize special events, coordinating all logistics, schedules and communication with internal and external participants. She also helped instruct and develop student-athletes during practice and games.

Prior to her time on the coaching staff at Evansville, Jackson spent five seasons as a player at the Division I level, starting her playing career at UMBC where she appeared in 26 games as a freshman, but missed all of her sophomore campaign due to an injury.

Jackson went on to finish her playing career at Canisius, spending two seasons with the Golden Griffins. During her time in Buffalo, Jackson started 27 out of 31 games, including all five in Canisius’ pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season.

As a senior in 2021-22, Jackson started 22 out of 26 contests while leading the Griffs and ranking 11th in the MAAC in rebounding, pulling down 6.6 boards per game. She grabbed 172 total rebounds, including 10 or more in seven contests. Off the court, Jackson was selected to the 2022 MAAC All-Academic Team.

Jackson was a standout at Aquinas Institute in Rochester, helping the team win a sectional title during her career. She was named sectional MVP and team MVP, surpassing the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore.

She earned her degree in psychology in 2022 from Canisius College and is currently working toward her master’s in health services administration from Evansville.

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