Lisa Jackson, who has spent the past seven years as LSU's assistant head women's tennis coach, has been named head coach of the UAB women's tennis program.
Jackson helped the Tigers to four NCAA tournament appearances during her time in Baton Rouge and also played a major role in the program's recruiting efforts. She was recognized in 2007 as the ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Jackson will replace former UAB head coach Krissy Hall, who returned home to Spartanburg, S.C., to become the head women's tennis coach at Wofford in May.
"I'd like to thank (UAB athletic director) Brian Mackin, (Associate AD) Corey Bray and UAB Athletics for the opportunity," Jackson said. "I'm excited to get started, and I look forward to working tirelessly to build a strong program at UAB, both on the court and in the classroom."
Jackson helped LSU to a No. 16 national ranking during the 2008-09 season and also tutored three-time All-American and All-SEC selection Megan Falcon. The 2007 SEC Player of the Year, Falcon became the first Tiger ever to achieve a No. 1 ITA singles ranking and also reached No. 10 in the doubles rankings with partner Mykala Hedberg.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Jackson to the UAB family," Mackin said. "She has a proven track record during her time at LSU, and she brings great experience to our program, both as a player and a coach. Lisa possesses the qualities we feel will lead our program to new heights."
Jackson assisted with all aspects of LSU's practice planning, recruiting and team travel in addition to overseeing the program's budget. She helped the Tigers land no fewer than six five-star recruits during her time there and achieve the nation's 17th-ranked recruiting class in 2006.
LSU reached double-digit win totals each year Jackson was on staff, including a 16-10 mark in 2007, playing a rugged schedule that included the always-challenging SEC slate.
Jackson also helped oversee a program at LSU with high academic standards. The Tigers had 38 Academic All-SEC selections while she was there.
Before going to LSU, Jackson spent two seasons as the associate head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. She helped the Ragin' Cajuns improve from a 1-13 record a year before she arrived to a 10-9 finish in her second season in 2005. She went to ULL after beginning her coaching career as a graduate assistant at her alma mater, UT Arlington, from 2001-04.
Jackson was the Southland Conference Player of the Year at UT Arlington in both 1999 and 2000. She was ranked among the top 30 in the nation in doubles and led the Mavericks to Southland Conference championships in each of her three years with the program. She began her collegiate career at William Carey College in Gulfport, Miss., where she was a second-team NAIA All-American as a freshman after a standout junior career in South Africa.
Jackson earned her bachelor's degree in 2001 and her master's degree in 2003, both in psychology and both from UT Arlington.