Melissa Jackson

Head Women’s Basketball Coach
University of Akron


2018 – Present: Head Coach, University of Akron

2008 – 2018: Associate Head Coach (2012-18), Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Akron

2004 – 2008: Assistant Coach, University of Delaware

2000 – 2004: Player, University of Richmond


2004: University of Richmond, Bachelors, Political Science


Hometown: Hazleton, PA

Family: Drew (Husband) & Luke, Ben (Children)

Career Highlights

Career Division I Wins

Winning Seasons (3)
2021-22, 2019-20, 2018-19

Post-Season Berths (2)
2021-22 WNIT & 2018-19 WBI

Has the highest win percentage (.495) in Akron history, leading the program to 55 overall wins, three winning seasons, and two post-season appearance – rebuilding a program that had only won nine games during each of the two seasons prior to taking over, as well as only had seven winning seasons in 26 prior seasons

In 2021-22, led Akron to the program’s most single-season wins (17) in six seasons, most MAC wins (13) in eight seasons, and first WNIT berth in seven seasons

In 2018-19 (first season), led Akron to 16 overall wins, a seven-win improvement from the season prior to taking over

As a Division I Head Coach, has recruited and coached seven MAC All-Conference Team selections, as well as one Player of the Year and one Defensive Player of the Year

From 2009 to 2018, helped lead Akron to a 162-152 (.516) overall record, one MAC Tournament Championship, and five post-season berths

From 2003 to 2006, helped lead Delaware to a 80-44 (.645) overall and 51-21 (.708) CAA record, one CAA Regular Season Championship, and three post-season berths

As a student-athlete at Richmond, helped lead the program to two WNIT berths

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