Tia Jackson resigns as Huskies coach
SEATTLE -- Tia Jackson is out as coach at Washington after four lackluster seasons where she failed to turn around a lagging program.
Jackson announced her resignation on Monday after meeting with athletic director Scott Woodward.
In her first head coaching job, Jackson was hired by former athletic director Todd Turner in 2007 hoping to add what Turner called a "spark" to the program after former coach June Daugherty was fired.
Instead, Washington went 45-75 overall in her four seasons and also saw massive roster turnover during her time in Seattle. Jackson's teams never won more than 13 games in any of her four seasons that also featured some of the worst losses in program history.
Washington went 11-17 this past season and lost in the Pac-10 Conference tournament quarterfinals to California.
"Although we did not accrue the amount of wins ultimately desired, I do feel their character, integrity, and academic success should be highlighted. With the addition of the incoming top-ranked recruiting class, the pieces are in place for this program to go to the next level," Jackson said in a statement. "I'd like to wish the University of Washington, its athletic department and most important my current and past student athletes all the best and a great deal of success not only on the hardwood but in life."
When Jackson was hired in 2007, she became just the third coach at Washington in 22 years. She took over from Daugherty, who was fired despite taking the Huskies to six NCAA tournaments in 11 seasons.
But Jackson could never match Daugherty's success and struggled her first couple of years with massive roster turnover with players leaving who were mostly recruited by Daugherty. Four players from the Huskies' six-player recruiting class in 2007 eventually left the program.
Jackson was 24-48 in Pac-10 games. Her low point came in January 2009 when Washington lost by a Pac-10 record 77 points against Stanford, then followed up with a 28-point loss to California when Washington scored just nine points in the first half.
Jackson had one season remaining on her contract.
Whoever takes over will be charged with trying to get Washington back to the top half of the Pac-10. Washington went to the NCAA tournament 10 straight seasons between 1985 and 1995, and went another six times between 1997 and 2007 with Daugherty as head coach. In 2001, the Huskies reached the regional finals before losing to Southwest Missouri State.
"I want to thank Tia for her service to the University of Washington," Woodward said. "I could not have asked for a coach who committed more, worked harder, and cared more for her players. I wish Tia nothing but the best of luck in her future endeavors."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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