Waldorf University announced on Monday that Alexandria Jackson has been named head coach of the women’s soccer program.
Jackson served as an assistant coach for the Warriors the past three years and is poised to help the program further its level of success.
“Coach Jackson has worked hard and put in countless hours into the Waldorf women’s soccer program for the past three seasons,” said Waldorf director of athletics Denny Jerome. “She is prepared for this opportunity.”
Jackson helped the Warriors make significant strides during the 2016 campaign. Waldorf recorded five consecutive shutouts to set a new school record and established the program’s longest unbeaten streak in the process. Jackson is looking forward to the opportunity to push the Warriors to the new heights.
“I would like to thank President Dr. Bob Alsop, Athletic Director Denny Jerome and the search committee for putting their trust in me and for this opportunity,” Jackson said. “To be a part of the Waldorf University women’s soccer program for the last three years and to become the head coach is a dream come true.”
Three Warrior players claimed second-team all-conference honors from the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) this past season. Waldorf rolled to six shutouts, which tied for second in school history. The Warriors allowed 24 goals during the season, just one more goal surrendered than the school-record mark set in 1999. Waldorf’s goalkeepers ranked second in school single-season history with both a .841 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average (GAA). The Warriors tallied 127 saves and recorded 7.94 saves per match, which rank fifth and fourth, respectively among Waldorf’s single-season marks. Waldorf also set a new school record for consecutive shutout minutes, holding opposing teams scoreless for 552 minutes, 38 seconds in a span from Aug. 31, 2016 to Oct. 26, 2016.
Jackson replaces former coach Michael Wilson, who is returning to Oklahoma after leading Waldorf’s women’s team this past fall and the men’s team for two seasons.
“I would like to thank Coach Michael Wilson for all his support and belief in my abilities to impact this program in a positive way,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s familiarity with the program will allow her to step right in as the Warriors build for the future.
“I am confident she will continue to bring many improvements to the program,” Jerome said. “Her promotion will ensure us a smooth transition and her passion and energy will serve us well for the years ahead.”
A Florence, S.C. native, Jackson graduated from West Florence High School in 2010. During her high school athletic career, Jackson participated in a program that sent her to play soccer in Germany during the summers.
Jackson was a four-year NCAA Division I soccer player at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. During her career, she finished her freshman year with three starts and appeared in 19 matches for a total of 990 minutes as a forward. Jackson ranked first on the team with four game-winning goals. After battling an injury as a sophomore, Jackson saw action and started in 10 games while logging 700 minutes. In her junior season, she appeared in 16 matches and started 15 times to accumulate more than 1,000 minutes of play. During that season, Jackson played a key role in the Lady Demon backline. As a senior, Jackson started and played in all 19 matches for a total of 1,715 minutes. Playing a pivotal defensive role, she assisted on two goals.
Jackson graduated from Northwestern State in 2014 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and exercise science. She went on to obtain a master’s of science degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University. Jackson earned a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) national diploma and is certified with a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) E License.
The Warriors open the 2017 season on Aug. 20, taking on Dakota Wesleyan University in a 3 p.m. matchup at Mitchell, S.D. Jackson is eager to get to work with the team and to continue elevating the program’s success both on and off the field.
“I am honored to be able to continue my work at Waldorf University and to continue to serve the student-athletes on our women’s soccer team,” Jackson said. “I am ecstatic to lead the women’s soccer program in continuing to build a strong culture that produces successful student-athletes in life, soccer and in the classroom.”