MIAMI — Jeremy Jackson has been named men’s head basketball coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, according to NEO athletic director Dale Patterson.
Jackson, an eight-year assistant coach for the Golden Norsemen, assumes the head coaching responsibilities May 1 pending approval from the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents.
He replaces long-time head coach Dustin Grover who has resigned to become assistant vice president for academic affairs at NEO.
“When a program is strong and has been highly competitive, you want to keep that continuity if you can if you have the right person there,” Patterson said. “I’ve been the AD the past seven years and I been watching Jeremy. “He’s just been moving up the ladder each year with more responsibilities with basketball and on campus. “He’s always done a great job with that. He’s been very influential and very involved in recruiting.”
“Our approach is to have a seamless transition,” Jackson said. “That was what we wanted it to be for these guys returning, that way they don’t feel too much change at once. We are going to go out and do great things next year.”
Last season the Golden Norse finished third in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference with an 11-5 record.
NEO finished second in the Region II Tournament and compiled a 22-9 season mark.
During Jackson’s eight years as an assistant, the Norsemen made two appearances in the Men’s Division I National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
The Norse finished 17th in 2013-14 and 16th in 2015-16.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Jackson said. “I started working for Coach Grover nine years ago for free.
“I started doing stats for him, helping him with scouting — volunteered my time,” Jackson said. “I cannot thank him enough for everything I have accomplished in my professional career.
“I can’t tell you how much it means, all the support around that Coach Grover has been able to develop over the years — just the great tradition that Larry Gipson, Lonnie Spencer and Cletus Green have helped develop over the years.
“They put NEO on the map,” Jackson said. “My job is to keep it on the map and keep all the support of the community here and being involved with NEO basketball.
“The pressure is on and I am ready for it,” Jackson said. “This is a bittersweet moment because my mentor is leaving me, but I could not be any more excited and confident in myself and our team coming back. It’s not really me. It’s the guys and how hard they will work for us.”
Jackson is from Stockton California, where he graduated from Brookside Christian High School in 1996. He played basketball for the Brookside Knights under head coach Timothy Dunham in 1995-96.
Jackson played basketball at Napa Valley College from 1999-2001. He played on traveling, semi pro teams that competed and traveled in leagues and tournaments throughout the west coast, competing against and with current and former NBA players.
In 2002, Jackson worked for 24 Hour Fitness until 2008, where he managed three different clubs in the Sacramento California area.
As an assistant with the Golden Norsemen, Jackson’s responsibilities included on the floor coaching and running the weights and conditioning program.
“He really recruited this really great freshman class that we have coming in for next season,” Patterson said. “There are six or seven of them returning next year which has something to do with it too.
“You are only as good as the talent you recruit,” Patterson said. “I think he’s the right choice. I am a believer that if someone has done what we asked them to do and has done a great job, they deserve a chance.”
Jackson currently resides in Grove with his wife Natasha and son Kameron.