July 6, 2009

Mark Jackson Named Philadelphia Univ. Head Baseball Coach

Philadelphia, PA- Philadelphia University Director of Athletics Tom Shirley announced the hiring of Mark Jackson as Head Baseball Coach, effective immediately.  Jackson has over 20 years of coaching experience on a resume that includes two Big East titles while head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. 

"It is a privilege to be the baseball coach at Philadelphia University and to be included in an athletic department that is recognized for all-around excellence," said Jackson.  "I look forward to being part of this tradition of success."

A Lower Merion Township native, Jackson holds a career coaching record of 659-280.  He has an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and a master's degree from Temple University.  He most recently coached at Texas
A & M International University, where he directed a first-year NCAA Division II baseball team to a 32-18 record. 

Previously, Jackson served as an assistant coach at Division I Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) for three years, where he helped the Dukes to their first Atlantic 10 Conference baseball playoff appearance. 

He spent seven years at the University of Pittsburgh, where his team staged a dramatic turnaround under his tutelage- going from last place in the Big East three years prior to his arrival to winning both a Big East regular-season championship ('94) and a Big East post-season championship ('95).    

As an NAIA coach, Jackson spent 12 years at Point Park University (Pittsburgh) where he took his teams to five World Series, a third-place national finish and a record of 433-119 overall (good for a .793 winning percentage).  His Point Park teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally and he had two national winning streak records (37 and 41 games, respectively). 

Currently, Jackson is a baseball instructor and clinic director in Lower Merion, PA. 

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