Shawn Jackson joins TCU after 17 years at Louisiana Tech
Aug. 22, 2012
FORT WORTH – The TCU track and field program announced the completion of its coaching staff for the 2012-13 season. The Horned Frogs have added Shawn Jackson as assistant coach for jumps and multi-events, Kevin Henderson as assistant coach in hurdles and David Freeman as director of operations and assistant coach for track and field and cross country.
“We are excited with the new additions to our staff,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “Any time you add to staff, you hope you have elevated the abilities of the staff as a whole, and we have done that.”
Jackson joins TCU after working at his alma mater of Louisiana Tech for 17 seasons as associate head coach in jumps, sprints and hurdles. He was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008. Jackson’s latest success story was long jumper Chelsea Hayes, who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics in the long jump.
“Shawn Jackson is a seasoned coach,” Anderson noted. “He has done an excellent job with the sprints, jumps and hurdles at Louisiana Tech. Jackson has also been successful in recruiting the Metroplex. He also produced an Olympian that competed in London in Chelsea Hayes.”
Henderson comes to Fort Worth after spending four years working at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles and recruiting coordinator. Henderson’s four seasons with the Bulldogs coincided with the programs most successful 400-meter hurdle competitors. On the men’s side, Jon DeGrave was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) champion in the 400 hurdles and earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2011. On the women’s side, Ari Curtis finished 10th at the NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles in 2011.
Henderson was a six-time All-American at Auburn in the 1980s and won a USA Championship in the 400 hurdles in 1988.
“Henderson is an experienced recruiter and a great motivator,” Anderson said. “He will bring a lot to the table for our hurdlers.”
Freeman joins the Horned Frogs program after coaching and teaching at Freedom High School in Orlando, Fla. He also worked at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Ky. As a coach and teacher. Freeman spent three years at Florida and a year at Kentucky working as a volunteer assistant. He represented Puerto Rico at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in the 1,500-meter run and was a three-time All-American at Kentucky.
“Freeman was a high school coach and teacher,” Anderson said. “He has some experience from his time at Florida and Kentucky, and we are happy to have him on staff.”
“We are excited about what all three bring to the table,” Anderson concluded. “We have a more experienced on out staff and we are excited for what they are going to bring our student-athletes on and off the track and in training and what they are bringing the program in recruiting.”