Now in his 14th season at Delaware State, Jackson enters the 2013-14 campaign just six victories shy of becoming the Hornets' all-time winningest coach. He has 196 wins at DSU, highlighted by a 145-77 mark in MEAC regular season games (.653).
The current school record holder is the late Bennie George, who tallied 201 men's basketball wins from 1949 to '71.
Jackson has led the Hornets to the most successful period in the history of the program. His tenure at DSU is highlighted by the school's only MEAC Tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth, three regular season conference titles and only national post-season win. In addition, he is a two-time MEAC Coach-of-the-Year. Jackson led the Hornets to three consecutive MEAC regular season titles from 2004 to '07. Following the 2004-05 regular season crown, the Hornets captured the first MEAC Tournament championship in team history. DSU won the tournament with a nationally-televised, last-second victory over Hampton (55-53).
During the 2012-13 campaign, Jackson guided the Hornets to the MEAC Tournament semifinals for the eighth time. DSU advanced to the 2013 MEAC Tournament "Final Four" with a victory over No. 3 seed Hampton in the quarterfinals. The Hornets also captured the first win against a Conference USA team with their 53-51 victory at Marshall on Jan. 2, 2013.
The previous season (2011-12), Jackson led the Hornets to a 15-14 overall record and a third place finish during the MEAC regular season with a 12-4 mark in league play. DSU's 15 wins that season marked a six-game improvement from the previous year. Last season's MEAC victories included a season sweep of conference champion Norfolk State, which stunned No. 2 seeded Missouri in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Jackson's 2011-12 squad featured All-MEAC First Team selection Jay Threatt (G) and MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year Tahj Tate (G). Tate was also named to the All-MEAC Second Team, along with Hornet forward Marques Oliver.
Now in his 23nd season as a collegiate head coach, the Augusta, Ga., native holds a career record of 359-279 (.563). He earned his 300th victory with a 64-58 win over Florida A&M on January 26, 2009. For his career, Jackson has coached 638 games, leading his teams to four NCAA post-season tournaments (both Division I & II), including DSU's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance (2005).
He is 196-201 overall at Delaware State.
Jackson earned national acclaim for his coaching skill in the Hornets' 57-46 loss to number one seeded Duke in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. DSU entered the contest as a 26-point underdog. Jackson was praised by television broadcasters throughout the contest and by legendary Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski during his post-game remarks.
Despite winning the MEAC regular season championship for the second year in a row, the Hornets were upset by Hampton in the 2006 conference tournament championship game. Following the heartbreaking loss, Jackson had less than three days to prepare his team for a contest in Flagstaff, Arizona in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament. All he did was lead the Hornets to a 58-53 triumph over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks for the first national tournament win in team history
The 2005-06 Hornets also set school records for overall wins (21), MEAC wins (16) and regular season wins (18). In addition, Delaware State posted a team-record nine-game winning streak that season. The 16 MEAC wins tied for second best in the history of the league.
Jackson was selected by his peers as the 2005-06 MEAC Coach-of-the-Year, the first Delaware State coach to earn the award since 1977. Delaware State's 2006-07 squad also posted a 16-2 MEAC record (21-13 overall) to capture its third straight regular season title. Jackson was rewarded with his second straight MEAC Coach-of-the-Year award.
During the three-year MEAC regular season "three-peat," the Hornets posted a league record of 46-8 (.850). Jackson is 137-68 vs. MEAC opponents as head coach of the Hornets (.668).
On January 28, 2006, Jackson was presented with the Tubby Raymond Award as the most outstanding coach in the state of Delaware, the first time a DSU coach has received the honor.
In September 2006, Jackson was presented with the "Unsung Hero Award" by the William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease through his personal testimony. He has shared publicly the story of his son Greg, Jr.'s fight against sickle cell, their religious faith that helped them through it, as well as his role as a father caring for his son.
Delaware State was 30-78 in the four years prior to Jackson's arrival. He inherited a team that was 6-22 the previous season.
Prior to accepting the Delaware State job in May 2000, Jackson spent the previous 16 years at Division II North Carolina Central University, the last nine as head coach of the Eagles.
Under Jackson's leadership, NCCU did not have a losing season and posted an overall record of 163-77. He led the Eagles to five Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) division titles, and three trips to the NCAA playoffs. He also earned three CIAA Coach-of-the-Year awards. He is one of two coaches in the history of the NCCU men's basketball program to compile 20 or more victories in four seasons, joining NBA Coaches Hall of Fame inductee John McLendon.
In his first year as head coach of the Eagles, Jackson earned his first CIAA Coach of the Year award after posting a 13-13 record with a team of new players. The following year, NCCU posted a 26-4 record, captured the CIAA Southern Division championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
In 1994, Jackson led the Eagles to a 20-5 overall record and a second consecutive CIAA Southern Division title. In 1995-96, the Eagles won 18 of their first 19 games, including 16 straight, while earning a third CIAA Southern title in four years, and another trip to the NCAA playoffs. That season, NCCU was ranked as high as number 12 in the Division II national poll.
In 1996-97, Jackson led the Eagles to a 20-6 record, a fourth CIAA Southern crown in five years and the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament South Atlantic Regional. The following year, NCCU posted a 12-0 home record en route to an 18-8 overall mark. In 1998-99, Jackson led a team with nine new players to a 15-13 overall record and an appearance in the CIAA Tournament semifinals.
Prior to becoming head coach at North Carolina Central, Jackson was an Eagles assistant under Mike Bernard for seven years. He was on the staff when NCCU captured the NCAA Division II national championship in 1989.
During his playing days at St. Paul's, Jackson was a four-year starter and a three-time All-CIAA selection, His 2,249 career points is tops in school history, and rank 12th on the all-time CIAA scoring list. As a junior (1979-80), he led all collegiate players in scoring, averaging 30.5 points-per-game. That season, he earned All-America Honorable Mention and CIAA Co-player-of-the-Year honors.
St. Paul's retired Jackson's number 23 jersey in 1991.
Jackson earned a bachelor's in Elementary Education from St. Paul's in 1980 and a master's in Educational Technology from North Carolina Central in 1994.
Jackson and wife Terry have three sons, Greg Jr. (24), Justin (12) and Jaylen (7). Greg, Jr., a Delaware State University graduate, was a member of the Hornets during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He now serves as a graduate assistant coach for the team.