Lewis Jackson

Lewis Jackson (born August 13, 1962)

Teams coached: Alabama State Hornets
Alabama State record: 207-262 (.441)
Overall record: 207-262 (.441)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (2009, 2011)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (2008)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2014)
  • SWAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (2008, 2009)
  • SWAC Tournament Champion:  2  (2009, 2011

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2005-2020 Alabama State
2000-2005 Alabama State (asst)
1992-1995 Alabama State (grad asst)

Lewis Jackson Facts

  • Lewis Jackson
  • Born August 13, 1962
  • Hometown: Wetumpka, Alabama
  • Alma Mater: Alabama State University (BA, 1984)
  • Led Wetumpka HS (AL) to back-to-back state titles and was twice named the state tournament MVP
    • Had two numbers – #34 and #35 – retired in his honor at Wetumpka HS
  • Went on to play at Alabama State for four seasons under head coach James Oliver
    • Named SWAC Player of the Year after his senior season in 1984 and now holds the rare distinction of winning POY and COY honors in the same conference
    • Drafted in the 3rd round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, but never played in the league
    • Played professionally in Australia, Canada and the Philippines for several years before retiring in 1990
    • His number #33 is retired by the school and in 2000, Jackson was inducted into the Alabama State University HOF
      • A year prior (1999), Lewis was inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame
  • First coaching position was as a graduate assistant under his former coach Oliver at his alma mater
    • Spent several years coaching an AAU team called The Challenge
  • Began his coaching career in earnest in 2000 when he joined Rob Spivery’s staff as an assistant at Alabama State
  • Five years later, Jackson was promoted to head coach and has led the Hornets’ program ever since
    • Reached the postseason four times (two NCAA, one NIT and one CBI)
    • Won the SWAC regular season title twice and the SWAC Tournament twice, the latter leading to automatic NCAA bids
      • Part of all four NCAA appearances in program history, the first two coming during his tenure as an assistant
    • Resigned in March 2020 after 15 seasons at the helm; went 207-262 overall as head coach
  • Has two children with his wife, Alabama State women’s basketball coach Freda Freeman-Jackson

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