Melissa Jackson

Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach
University of Akron


2018 – 2023: 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) & Ben, Cameron, Luke (Children)

Career Highlights

Career Division I Record
72-69 (.511)

Winning Seasons (4)
2022-23, 2021-22, 2019-20, 2018-19

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

Only Head Coach in Akron program history with a winning percentage above .500 (.511), led Akron to four winning seasons and two post-season berths – rebuilt a program that had only won nine games during each of the two seasons prior to taking over (18-42 (.300) overall and 5-31 (.139) MAC record over span), as well as only had seven winning seasons in 31 prior seasons

In 2022-23, led Akron to the program’s most single-season wins (t-17) in seven seasons

In 2021-22, led Akron to the program’s most single-season wins (17) in six seasons, second-most MAC wins (13) in program history, 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 nine MAC All-Conference Team selections, as well as one Player of the Year and one Defensive Player of the Year

From 2008 to 2018, helped lead Akron to five winning seasons, three 22+ win seasons, one MAC Tournament Championship, and five post-season berths (one NCAA Tournament)

From 2004 to 2007, helped lead Delaware to a 73-20 (.785) overall record, one CAA Regular Season Championship, and three post-season berths (one NCAA Tournament)

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

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