Mad Ants Hire Assistant Coach Jaren Jackson

September 6, 2007 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants proudly announce that Jaren Jackson has joined the team as the Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2007-08 season. Jackson, a former Fort Wayne Fury player, comes back to the Summit City from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was the Head Coach for the CBA’s Pittsburgh Xplosion.

Jackson brings a wealth of both coaching and playing experience to the Mad Ants. In 2006, He led the CBA’s Gary (Indiana) Steelheads to the league’s Finals Championship series in just his first season with the team, and he was honored as the 2006 CBA Coach of the Year for his efforts. Prior to joining the CBA as a coach, Jackson headed the Philadelphia Fusion of the ABA and was also tapped as an assistant coach at Georgetown University, his alma mater, where he was known as a very effective and successful recruiter.

Coach Jackson also brings an insider’s savvy of the arduous road from eager minor league rookie to successful NBA star. Beginning in 1989, his thirteen-year professional career included stints on nine NBA teams, four CBA teams, a WBL team, and a European (French) team. Jackson’s minor league career included one World Basketball League (WBL) championship and two Continental Basketball Association (CBA) championships. Jackson capped his playing career as an integral part of the 1999 NBA World Champion San Antonio Spurs. During that championship season, Jackson led the team in three-pointers made.

As a player at Georgetown University, Jackson was a member of teams that won two Big East Conference championships and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in finance and is the first Hoya to have won an NBA Championship.

A proven community-supporter, he founded the Back on the Block Foundation (BOBF) in his hometown of New Orleans, which provided at-risk youth with entrepreneurial classes and instruction in tennis, golf, soccer, and basketball. The program ran successfully for five years, reaching nearly four hundred young people and their families.

Other notable facts about Jaren Jackson:

  • He played with the Fort Wayne Fury during the 1995-1996 season, averaging 14.4 points per game. During the postseason, Jackson averaged 21.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest, playing an instrumental role in helping the team reach the 1996 CBA Finals.

  • Growing up, Jackson’s favorite basketball player was NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

  • Jaren was valedictorian of his high school graduating class.

Until he returns to Fort Wayne for the Mad Ants’ inaugural season, Jackson resides in Silver Spring, MD with his wife, Terri, and their 7-year-old son, Jaren Jr.