Lisa Jackson, who has spent the pastseven years as LSU's assistant head women's tennis coach, has been named headcoach of the UAB women's tennis program.
Jacksonhelped the Tigers to four NCAA tournament appearances during her time in BatonRouge and also played a major role in the program's recruiting efforts. She wasrecognized in 2007 as the ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Anative of Johannesburg, South Africa, Jackson will replace former UAB headcoach Krissy Hall, who returned home to Spartanburg, S.C., to become the headwomen's tennis coach at Wofford in May.
"I'dlike to thank (UAB athletic director) Brian Mackin, (Associate AD) Corey Brayand UAB Athletics for the opportunity," Jackson said. "I'm excited to getstarted, and I look forward to working tirelessly to build a strong program atUAB, both on the court and in the classroom."
Jacksonhelped LSU to a No. 16 national ranking during the 2008-09 season and alsotutored three-time All-American and All-SEC selection Megan Falcon. The 2007SEC Player of the Year, Falcon became the first Tiger ever to achieve a No. 1ITA singles ranking and also reached No. 10 in the doubles rankings withpartner Mykala Hedberg.
Jacksonassisted with all aspects of LSU's practice planning, recruiting and teamtravel in addition to overseeing the program's budget. She helped the Tigersland no fewer than six five-star recruits during her time there and achieve thenation's 17th-ranked recruiting class in 2006.
LSUreached double-digit win totals each year Jackson was on staff, including a16-10 mark in 2007, playing a rugged schedule that included thealways-challenging SEC slate.
Jacksonalso helped oversee a program at LSU with high academic standards. The Tigershad 38 Academic All-SEC selections while she was there.
Beforegoing to LSU, Jackson spent two seasons as the associate head coach atLouisiana-Lafayette. She helped the Ragin' Cajuns improve from a 1-13 record ayear before she arrived to a 10-9 finish in her second season in 2005. She wentto ULL after beginning her coaching career as a graduate assistant at her almamater, UT Arlington, from 2001-04.
Jacksonwas the Southland Conference Player of the Year at UT Arlington in both 1999and 2000. She was ranked among the top 30 in the nation in doubles and led theMavericks to Southland Conference championships in each of her three years withthe 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 astandout junior career in South Africa.
Jackson earned her bachelor's degree in 2001 and her master's degree in 2003, both inpsychology and both from UT Arlington.