Jeff Jackson enters his 4th season as the Head Softball Coach for Odessa College. Last season was unfortunately cut short after a 12-7 start but it didn’t stop the Wranglers from receiving recognition in their 19 games. On February 11th, Odessa swept the weekly All-Conference awards as Cori Turner was named Pitcher of the Week and Becca Duran was named Hitter of the Week. On March 3rd, Odessa once again swept All-Conference accolades as freshman pitcher Madi Scott earned Pitcher of the Week and sophomore Madison Zaccardo took home the Hitter of the Week award. Academically, the Wranglers posted an impressive 3.42 team GPA as 19 players made the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, achieving a 3.25 or higher GPA. Before the conclusion of the shortened season, three players signed to continue their careers at the 4-year level. Becca Duran will transfer to NCAA D1 Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Cori Turner found a new home at Ottawa University Arizona, and Madison Zaccardo landed at Benedictine College in Kansas.
In the 2019 season, Coach Jackson saw his team finish with a 31-22 record and a 3rd place finish in the final WJCAC standings. The Wranglers collected handfuls of post season awards led by 1st Team All-American, Illy Cisneros and 2nd Team All-American, Becca Duran. Cisneros and Duran were also named 1st Team All-Region along with teammates Kaitlyn Reinecke, Morgyn Fulgham, and Cori Turner. Cami Deanda and July Hernandez were awarded All-Conference Honorable Mention. On May 8th, Becca Duran received the prestigious title of National Player of the Week after hitting .833 with 12 RBIs and 5 homeruns in the team’s regular season series finale against Frank Phillips. The Wranglers matched their on-field achievements in the classroom as well by boasting a team GPA over 3.0 with Jade Laird, Benedetta Scotto, Cori Turner, Kelsy Paris, and Morgyn Fulgham all being named NFCA Academic All-Americans. At the end of the season, two more Wranglers signed to nationally ranked NCAA programs. Cami Deanda signed to play at Tarleton State and Morgyn Fulgham signed to finish her career at Arkansas Tech.
In his first season at Odessa, Coach Jackson led his team to a 39-12 overall record and a third place finish in the WJCAC, with a 4th place finish at the Region V Tournament. The Wranglers received numerous accolades for their strong season including six All-Conference selections, two All-Region selections, and outfielder Brooke Ryan was named a FPN 1st Team All-American. In addition to the awards, Coach Jackson also saw seven players sign to play at NCAA schools including Brooke Ryan who moved on to UNLV and Brittany Kennett who transferred to Belmont University. Crystal Carrillo continues her career at Wheeling-Jesuit University, Brandi Kennedy moves on to Sul Ross State, while Hope Schoeneman, Mikayla Krause, and Allison Gutierrez all remain teammates at McMurry University.
Prior to Odessa, Coach Jackson served three seasons as head softball coach at Ranger College. Under his leadership, Ranger went from the last place finisher in the NTJCAC to the #12 team in the nation. In his three seasons as head coach, 16 student-athletes transferred to 4-year schools to continue playing softball including eight NCAA D1, one D2, three D3, and four NAIA programs. Jackson also coached a total of seven 1st Team All-Region/All-Conference and nine 2nd Team All-Conference players while at Ranger.
Coach Jackson started coaching softball after three years as a baseball assistant. Before becoming the head softball coach, he spent two years as the assistant baseball coach at Ranger under head coach Josh Blakley. He began his coaching career at McMurry University in Abilene, TX after four seasons as the team's catcher under head coaches Lee Driggers and John Byington.
He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and holds a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration.
Coach Jackson lives in Odessa with his wife, Jessica, four year-old daughter, Parker, and one year-old son, Connor.