By Delaware State University Athletics
Dover, Del. (May 6, 2020) — Delaware State head football coach Rob Milstead has announced the appointment of Jonas Jackson as the new defensive line coach for the Hornets.
Jackson brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to the position.
He most recently served as defensive line coach at NCAA Div. III (Albany State (Ga.) in 2019.
In 2018 and ’19, Jackson was an assistant at Your Call Football, an interactive competition in which participants call plays in real time for a series of live exhibition American football games with players, some of whom have played in the NFL or CFL. The participants watch the game via live streaming media and use a smartphone app to select the plays.
From 2013 to ’18, he was an assistant coach/coordinator at Savannah State (Ga.) while the Tigers were a NCAA Div. I FCS program and member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Jackson made history as the first African-American head coach at a majority institution in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while at West Virginia Wesleyan from 2009 to ’12.
He also served as head coach for the Elancourt Templiers of the European Pro League in 2005.
Jackson coaching resume’ also includes stints as an assistant at Illinois State (2008), La Salle (2006-07), Temple (2005-06; grad extern) and Arizona Western (2000-04).
“Jonas Jackson has a proven record of success as a defensive strategist, teacher and recruiter,” said Milstead. “His experience at many levels of the game will be valuable to our coaching staff and program.”
During his career, Jackson has coached a total of 28 all-conference players, eight All-Americas, five all-region honorees and one player-of-the-year.
In addition, he has led units to a No. 2 national ranking in total defense (2019 Albany State), No. 2 national ranking in passing yards allowed (2019 Albany State), No. 1 conference ranking in scoring defense (2019 Albany State) and No. 1 ranking in total defense (2010 WVW; 2019 Albany State).
Jackson’s 2009 and 2019 West Virginia Wesleyan teams also earned American Football Coaches Association national rankings.
A former standout player at Eastern Michigan, he was awarded a bachelor’s from EMU in 2002 and a master’s from Valparaiso in 2004.