GoFrogs.com talks with Freeman, Henderson and Jackson
Shawn Jackson is in his third season as assistant coach for jumps at TCU after joining the Horned Frogs' staff in August 2012 after 17 years as associate head coach at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech.
Championships and Jackson have become synonymous with each other during his first two years at TCU. In his second season with the Frogs, Henderson helped guide Senior Lorraine Ugen to her second NCAA championship, a conference title and two First Team All-America honors.
Ugen posted the top three marks in the long jump by a Frog during the indoor season and improved her distance with each meet. At the New Mexico Invitational, she earned a second-place finish with a jump of 6.42m (21-0 ¾). At the Big 12 Championships, she improved her season-best to 6.59m (21-7 ½) and finished the indoor campaign with a jump of 6.73m (22-01).
Ugen wasn't the only Frog to flourish under Jackson last season. Anna Robinson recorded eight top-10 finishes during the over both the indoor and outdoor seasons, including a third-place distance at the Michael Johnson Invitational. Makaila Flannigan and Jazzmine Folston also combined for five top-10 finishes in the 2013-14 season.
Jackson continued his work in Ramone Bailey from the previous season, as he posted a first-place distance at the TCU Invitational with a mark of 7.48m (24-6 ½). A few weeks later, Bailey would improve his season-high to 7.50m (24-7 ¼). Freshman Cameron Echols-Luper also had a successful indoor season under Jackson, earning three second-place finishes, improving his season-best in each of those three meets. His season-high mark of 7.40m (24-3 ½) was achieved at both the Big 12 Indoor Championships and the Texas A&M Invitational.
The first season of Jackson's tenure at TCU was bountiful, producing a national champion, two All-Americans and a multitude of personal bests.
A year after TCU had the NCAA champion in the outdoor women's long jump, Jackson and Lorraine Ugen ensured the streak would continue. On her third jump at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ugen uncorked a personal best 6.77m (22-2 ½) jump to take the win. The mark, which at the time was among the top-10 in the world, also bestowed Ugen with the `A' standard for the IAAF World Championships.
On the men's side, Jackson's work was reflected in the improvements made by Cameron Parker and Ramone Bailey. Parker wrapped up his TCU career with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Parker, who also won the Big 12 title in the triple jump, improved his PR to 16.22m (53-2 ¾), nearly a foot difference and was among the most consistent performers in the country. Bailey made strides in the long jump, posting a 7.64m (25-0 ¾) during the outdoor season.
He joined the TCU track and field program as assistant coach for jumps in August of 2012. Jackson came to Fort Worth after a successful 17-year stint as an associate head coach at Louisiana Tech, coaching sprints, hurdles and jumps at his alma mater.
A two-time Mid-East Region Coach of the Year (2006, 2008), Jackson helped Louisiana Tech earn 16 team conference championships. During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, where he coached sprints, jumps and hurdles, 30 of the team's 43 school records were claimed by athletes Jackson mentored. Overall, Jackson's had 11 athletes earned 28 All-America honors and had his Bulldogs win 76 conference titles, including 25 in relay events.
Jackson closed out his time in Ruston, La. with a splash on the international scene as he helped Chelsea Hayes earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in the long jump. Hayes went to the U.S. Olympic Trials not among the favorites for one of the three advancing spots to London. However, Hayes shocked the track and field community with a huge jump of 7.16m (23-3 ½) to finish second and punch her ticket to London.
Jackson has coached athletes that have appeared in the Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes, 400-meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.
Hayes was among Jackson's most successful competitors at LA Tech, earning All-America honors six times, winning 14 WAC Championships, earning WAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 and being named All-WAC on 18 occasions.
Jackson helped the Louisiana Tech women's track and field program earn seven consecutive outdoor track and field conference titles from 2005-11. In 2008, Jackson was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Jackson has also helped guide many other athletes to success both on the collegiate and international circuit. In two seasons of work Jackson helped Trey Hadnot earn seven WAC titles and multiple All-America honors. Hadnot's work with Jackson landed him a bronze medal at the USA Junior Championships and a spot on Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships.
Jackson's success was sustained over multiple conferences too. He was an important figure in establishing the success of Louisiana Tech in the Sun Belt Conference during the 1990s and continued his work as the Bulldogs moved to the Western Athletic Conference.
From Buffalo, N.Y., Jackson was a competitor for the Bulldogs from 1990-92, which included a 4x100-meter relay title in 1992. He finished his degree in general studies from Louisiana Tech in 1994. He went on to earn his Master's in sports science from LA Tech.