PALATINE HILL -- Former Lewis & Clark student-athlete, Randall Jackson, is the newest member of the men's basketball coaching staff. Lewis & Clark head coach Dinari Foreman announced the return of Jackson earlier this month, who played for Foreman during the 2013-14 season.
Lewis & Clark will be Jackson's second stop as a collegiate coach following a year at Greenville in Illinois. Last season, Greenville finished with a 21-6 record and lost in the SLIAC Tournament Championship, 128-121, to Westminster.
"I'm excited to welcome coach Jackson back to Palatine Hill," said Foreman, who enters his seventh season leading his alma mater. "Randall will be instrumental in developing the outstanding young men that choose to compete for the Pios."
"I want to personally thank Director of Physical Education and Athletics, Shana Levine, and coach Foreman for granting me the opportunity to be a part of not only the men's basketball program but the Lewis & Clark community as well," said Jackson. "I am fully dedicated to making sure every individual in the program is awarded a great experience."
The Pioneers are off a 9-16 season last year, just the second in Foreman's tenure in which Lewis & Clark didn't make the Northwest Conference tournament. Lewis & Clark returns last year's NWC Freshman of the Year, Andrew Vickers, who led the Pios with 11.9 points per game, and Nico Bricker, who led the Pios in shooting percentage last season.
Lewis & Clark added four new student-athletes for the upcoming season, including three freshmen.
Jackson started in 10 games during his sophomore season at Lewis & Clark. He scored his Pios' career-high 20 points against Linfield on Feb. 11 of that season. He finished his competitive career at Point Loma Nazarene, a NCAA Division II institution, where he graduated with a degree in communications. In 2014-15, the men's basketball team became the school's first-ever team to be ranked at the NCAA Div. II level when they were voted No. 22 in the NABC poll.
Last season at Greenville, Jackson was the team's primary recruiter on the west coast, including the Pacific Northwest. His duties included the implementation of guard-oriented skill workouts, serving as head coach of the junior varsity program and monitoring the academic performance of student-athletes. Jackson is currently in the process of finishing his master's degree in education with a coaching emphasis.
Lewis & Clark begins practices next month and opens the 2017-18 season on Nov. 15 when the Pioneers host Warner Pacific.