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Kareem Jackson
Kareem Jackson
September 8, 2008

Jackson Named SIUE Assistant Track and Field Coach
          EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has named Kareem Jackson as its new assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field programs.
          Jackson will be assigned to coach the Cougars in the sprint, hurdles and jump events, according to SIUE Coach David Astrauskas.
          "I'm excited to have Kareem join the program at an important time in SIUE's history. As the University reclassifies to Division I, we felt we needed a quality, full-time coach for our student-athletes," said Astrauskas.
          Jackson has extensive collegiate coaching experience at Lafayette (Pa.) College and the University of Chicago. He has been the assistant at Lafayette since June 2005 and previously had been the assistant at Chicago from 2003 to 2005.
          "Coach Jackson has had success at the Division I level and his Midwest ties will aid our recruiting efforts in the Chicagoland area," said Astrauskas.
          At Lafayette, the student-athletes under his watch broke eight school records, qualified for the NCAA East Regional eight times, and qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships 34 times. One student-athlete was a U.S. Junior Nationals qualifier. At Chicago, Jackson coached two school records and an NCAA qualifier in the women's high jump.
          His coaching experience also extends to Thornridge High School in Dolton, where he developed a strength and conditioning program for athletes while coaching the hurdles, sprinters and jumpers.
          A member of the United States Track Coaches Association, Jackson holds a Level I coaching certification as well as a Level II coaching certification in sprints, hurdles and jumps.
          Jackson holds a bachelor of arts degree in general studies and mathematics from Lewis University in 2002. He helped Lewis to three Great Lakes Valley Conference titles and earned All-Conference honors in the hurdles and high jump events. He was the GLVC champion in the high jump in 1998.
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