Donte’ Jackson

Donte’ Jackson (born January 19, 1979)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Grambling State Tigers
Current conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Central State record: 52–42 (.553) **
Stillman record: 66–21 (.759)
Grambling State record: 120-102 (.541)
Overall record^: 232-160 (.592) **

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2024)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2019)
  • SWAC Regular Season Champion:  3  (2018, 2023, 2024)
  • SIAC (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  1  (2016)
  • SWAC Tournament Champion:  1  (2024)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  1  (2016)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2017-present Grambling State
2014-2017 Stillman
2010-2014 Central State
2003-2010 Central State (asst)

Donte’ Jackson Facts

  • Donte’ Jackson
  • Born January 19, 1979
  • Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: Central State University (BS, 2003 & MS, 2008)
  • Was an all-conference and all-state player as a senior at Alexander Hamilton HS in Milwaukee
  • Started his college career playing one season at UW Milwaukee for head coach Ric Cobb
    • Transferred to then-NAIA Central State in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he earned all-conference honors as a senior
  • Graduated in 2003 and joined Central State’s coaching staff, where he was an assistant coach for seven years
    • Took over as head coach at CSU in 2010, coaching the Division II program for four seasons
    • Had eight total wins from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons vacated by the NCAA after being charged with a lack of institutional control
  • Left his alma mater in 2014 to become the head coach at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • The program was transitioning from Division II down to NAIA
    • Jackson led the team to the Division II Tournament in their final years as members
    • In 2016-17, Stillman went 22-5 overall as a NAIA Independent program under Jackson
  • Hired in June 2017 to be the new head coach at Grambling State out of the SWAC, his first Division I coaching position

Donte’ Jackson Coaching Tree

  • John Teasley (Stillman)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels

** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA