Men's Tennis Headline
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After 11 seasons at the helm of the University of Florida, men’s tennis head coach Andy Jackson announced his resignation, effective immediately. A search for the Gators' 10th men’s tennis head coach will begin immediately.
“I want to thank Jeremy Foley and the administration for the opportunity to lead this program for the last 11 years,” said Jackson. “I’m truly grateful for my time here and I hope to have the opportunity to coach again.”
Jackson took over coaching duties at Florida in June of 2001. After inheriting a team that went 9-17 the year before he arrived, Jackson went on to win a pair of SEC Championships (2003 and 2005) and runner-up showings (2004 and 2006) as well as two SEC Tournament crowns (2005 and 2011). The Gators advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 10 of his 11 seasons, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 2005.
Jackson was named the SEC coach of the Year in both 2002 and in 2005. Under his guidance eight players earned a combined 19 All-American honors, while 16 players earned 32 All-SEC honors in his time at Florida.
Jackson concludes his time at Florida with a 209-82 record (.718) and a 90-32 mark in SEC play (.738). He ranks third in school history in wins behind Bill Potter (415) and Ian Duvenhage (221). Jackson’s squads finished in the top 10 in the NCAA in 10 of his 11 years at Florida.
His athletes performed admirably in the classroom, as 24 different Gators earned a total of 46 SEC Academic Honor Roll mentions (2012 members still to come).
“I accept Andy’s resignation and want to thank him for his many contributions to our program and University during his time here at Florida” said University of Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley. “He has always conducted his program in a first-class manner and his student-athletes have always performed well in the classroom. Andy is one of the finest people I know and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
“Moving forward, our vision is that the University of Florida men’s tennis program can consistently be among the contenders for the SEC and national championships, and we’ll work deliberately to find a candidate who matches this vision.”
Prior to coaching at Florida Jackson spent 13 years as the head men’s coach at Mississippi State after spending five years as MSU’s women’s head coach. He compiled a 220-106 record as the men’s coach at Mississippi State, including a 100-59 mark in SEC play.
Jackson is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he lettered twice for the Wildcats and was the team captain in 1984 as a senior.
Florida just concluded its 2012 season with a 16-9 mark, 7-4 in SEC play and advanced to the round of 16 where the Gators fell to Ohio State.
THE ANDY JACKSON FILE
Birthdate: August 14, 1961
Hometown: Oneida, Ky.
Education: University of Kentucky
Women's Tennis Head Coach, Mississippi State University, 1984-89
Men's Tennis Head Coach, Mississippi State University, 1989-2001
Men's Tennis Head Coach, University of Florida, 2001-present
- 1994, '98. '05 NCAA Semifinalists
- 1994, '95, '96, '97, '98, '03, '05 NCAA Quarterfinalists
- Twenty-three straight NCAA team appearances, dating back to 1991 at MSU
- Advanced to NCAA final site in 20 of the last 22 years (10 at MSU and 10 at UF)
- 1993, '03, '05 SEC Champions
- 1996, '05, ’11 SEC Tournament Champions
- 1992, '93 SEC Regular Season Champions
- 1991, '93, '94, '03, '08, '10 SEC Tournament Runner-up
- 1991, '02, '05 SEC Coach of the Year
- Twenty-four consecutive Top 25 finishes; has never missed the final top 25 as a men's coach (13 at MSU, 11 at UF)
- Thirteen Top 10 finishes
- Seven 20-plus win seasons
- Four National Team Indoor semifinal berths
- Has coached a total of nine collegiate grand slam event champions
- Has coached three SEC Players of the Year (Marco Baron - 2001, Thomas Dupre` - 1997, Greg Ouellette - 2008)
- Has coached two ITA National Rookies of the Year (Janne Holmia, 2003; Jesse Levine, 2007)
- Has coached four SEC Rookies of the Year (Janne Holmia, 2003; Greg Ouellette, 2005; Jesse Levine, 2007; Carlos Cueto, 2009)
- Has coached 43 NCAA Singles qualifiers and 26 NCAA Doubles qualifiers
- Has coached 15 of the 16 All-Americans in MSU's men's tennis history
- Has coached five two-time Academic All-Americans
- Has coached 70 men's Academic All-SEC selections