Posted May 17 2007 10:46PM
Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations
National Basketball Association
Stu Jackson, the NBA's Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, has been in professional basketball for more than a decade as an assistant coach, head coach, general manager and league official.
Jackson is the NBA executive in charge of all on-court operations of the sport, including scheduling, officiating, game conduct and discipline. He is also the Chair of the Competition Committee, which recommends rules changes to the Board of Governors.
Jackson was the first person hired by the Vancouver Grizzlies when the franchise began operation in 1994, and he had a hand in shaping all aspects of the organization. Before joining the Grizzlies, Jackson coached at the University of Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to their first NCAA Tournament berth and victory in more than 45 years. In two seasons, Jackson posted a 32-25 record.
At age 33, Jackson was named head coach of the New York Knicks in 1989, at the time, becoming the second youngest head coach in NBA history. He enjoyed a 52-45 record with the Knicks, upsetting the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 1990 Playoffs and leading the Knicks into the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to the eventual NBA champion Detroit Pistons. He worked two years as an assistant to Rick Pitino in New York before becoming head coach.
Before joining the Knicks, Jackson worked as an associate coach and head recruiting coordinator under Pitino at Providence College from 1985-87. He also worked as an assistant coach at Washington State from 1983 to 1985 and at the University of Oregon from 1981 through 1983.
Jackson played collegiate basketball at the University of Oregon for three years in the mid-1970s before transferring to Seattle University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and management in 1978.
Jackson previously worked in the league office as Director of Basketball Operations during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.
Born and raised in Reading, Pa., Jackson now resides in New York.