Women's Team Completes Staff

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the hiring of Everett "E.J." Jackson for the 2005-06 season, replacing Cindy Martin. He will begin his duties Thursday, June 30.

"Coach Jackson will bring on the floor coaching and recruiting experience to our program," Carey says. "We're very excited to have him join our staff. He will bring an energy level that will help us get to the next level."

"Having the opportunity to compete and coach in the BIG EAST is very exciting," Jackson says. "I've been watching the WVU program from the outside and have seen the tremendous strides the program has made under Coach Carey's direction. I'm eager to get started right away."

Jackson, a Rochester, Pa., native, comes to WVU from South Alabama, where he helped the Jaguars to a 54-33 record and two WNIT appearances in his three seasons as an assistant coach in Mobile, Ala. He was involved in every aspect of the Jaguar program: coaching the post, recruiting, scouting, academic monitoring of the student-athletes and camp management.

He entered the collegiate ranks after several successful seasons in high school basketball. Before heading to South Alabama, he spent four years at Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School where he served as varsity girls basketball head coach. During his tenure, he led Deerfield to two state final four appearances, two regional championships and three district titles while compiling a 106-25 record from 1998-2002. In 2002 he was named the Sun Sentinel large school coach of the year.

Jackson earned his bachelor's degree in special education from Slippery Rock in 1994. He worked as a student assistant with the Slippery Rock women's basketball team from 1992-93.

His basketball coaching background also includes stints as a middle school assistant coach and a camp instructor for Tennessee, Florida, Notre Dame, and the NBA's Miami Heat.

Jackson joins WVU assistant coaches Chester Nichols and Sharrona Reaves, who has assumed the program's recruiting coordinator responsibilities.

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