Abigail Jackson Named New Head Coach at Union College

SCHENECTADY, NY -- Abigail Jackson, the head coach of the women's lacrosse and women's soccer programs at Roger Williams University, has been named the new head coach of the Union College women's lacrosse program. The announcement was made today by Jim McLaughlin '93, the Director of Athletics at Union.

"Abigail provides our women's lacrosse student athletes with an individual who brings a wealth of experiences from her playing and coaching career," commented McLaughlin. "From her experiences at excellent institutions, she understands the academic and athletic challenges that face a Division III student-athlete and the rewards that are reaped from those challenges. We look forward to her continuing the excellence of our program on the national level."

Jackson becomes the eighth coach in Union College women's lacrosse history since the program's first season in 1975. In her first season with the Hawks, in 2010, she brought the women's lacrosse team to its third consecutive TCCC Championship game, concluding the season with a 14-5 record and the second-highest season win total in school history.

Prior to RWU, Jackson had been the head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Plymouth State since Fall of 2006, compiling a record of 21-25 in her three years as coach of the Panthers. In her first season, she led the team to a 14-5 record, capturing the 2007 ECAC New England Championship. She is coming off of a season where Plymouth State captured the third seed in the Little East Tournament, advancing to the semifinals.

In addition to her duties as head coach of women's lacrosse, Jackson also served as an assistant coach of the women's basketball team during the 2006-07 season and event management supervisor during the 2006-07 school year.

Jackson is 2003 graduate of Williams College, where she was a three-sport athlete, competing on the soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. In 2000, she was a member of the NCAA Division III championship runner-up team and an NCAA Regional Finalist in 2003. Her soccer team reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1999. After graduation, she spent the 2003-04 academic year as an assistant at her alma mater, coaching both the soccer and lacrosse teams.

From 2004-06, she served as graduate assistant at Trinity College for the soccer and basketball teams, specializing in opponent scouting, recruiting, and game day management for both teams. She is currently working on her master's degree in public policy.

In June 2009, she served as the head coach for the Prague Cup women's lacrosse team, a squad consisting of players from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III that competed against European teams.

2010-09-29



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