Monday, August 16, 2010

Kerrick Jackson: Scout, Coach, Jack-of-all-baseball-trades

Kerrick Jackson was announced on Friday as one of two new Assistant Coaches. Jackson will be the Recruiting Coordinator as well as participating in the coaching duties.

Jackson's experience has been extensive and varied, ranging through all levels of college baseball and high school baseball and major league baseball, from coach to scout to scouting to public relations to . . . Cornhusker??

Jackson has been serving as the Washington Nationals Area Scouting supervisor for the past couple of years. According to Baseball America, "Jackson was the scout who drafted former Missouri ace Aaron Crow ninth overall in 2008, and he coached both Crow and fellow Tigers righty Kyle Gibson with Falmouth in the Cape Cod League."

Nationals hire Kerrick Jackson as area scouting supervisor ( 10/17/07)
Jackson joins the Nationals scouting department less than one month after completing curriculum in the Nationals Diversity Internship Program, which annually provides valuable field and classroom-type experiences within the areas of baseball administration, scouting and player development.
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Jackson will supervise all amateur scouting in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Before graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1999, Jackson played Division I baseball at Bethune Cookman College. He later served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State (LA) University and spent a pair of summers coaching in the nation's premier amateur baseball circuit, the Cape Cod League.
■ College Coaching career:
• SLCC-Meramec (MO), Graduate Assistant (08)
• Nicholls State (LA), Pitching Coach, 06-07
• Jefferson College (MO), Assistant Coach
• Coffeyville Community College
• Emporia State (KS), Graduate Assistant
• Fairfield University (CT), Assistant Coach
■ High School Summer Leagues
• Kansas City Sluggers, Associate Head Coach, 02-03
• Kansas City Barnstormers KC Scout League coach, 2010
■ Jackson spent a couple of years coaching in the Cape Cod League, with the Falmouth Commodores. The following article introducing him as a Falmouth coach provides the most detailed description of his experience in baseball I've found, plus the photo above:

Meet Coach Kerrick Jackson (
Kerrick Jackson enters his first season with the Falmouth Commodores toting a more than impressive coaching resume.

“I think it has put me in a situation to be able to deal with different players from different areas and allows me to understand what these guys are trying to accomplish,” Jackson said. “Those other coaching experiences allow me to easily adapt (to the challenges presented by the Cape League).”

Currently an assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State University, Jackson is a former member of the Jefferson College coaching staff. While at Jefferson, Jackson was in charge of numerous on field responsibilities as well as overseeing the academic achievements of all student athletes at Jefferson College as the college’s Student-Athlete Success Coordinator.

Jackson was also a pivotal member of the Coffeyville Community College coaching staff, contributing both on the field and off, while providing significant assistance in the development of strong public relations within the Coffeyville community.

As a graduate assistant at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, Jackson maintained a competitive pitching staff while assisting with player recruitment. Before his ESU experiences, Jackson began his collegiate coaching career at Fairfield University in Connecticut as an assistant coach in 2001.

Like fellow coach Shane Wedd, Jackson was involved with the Kansas City Sluggers as the team’s associate head coach in 2002 and 2003. At the helm of the Sluggers, Jackson lead the 18u organization to two consecutive trips to the NBC World Series.

Coach Jackson also has past coaching experiences with high school summer leagues, leading a United States squad to a gold medal in an international tournament held in Holland in 2006.

Before starting his coaching career, Jackson was member of the St. Louis Community College – Meramec baseball team as a reliever that earned a third place finish at in the JUCO World Series. After two seasons, Jackson transferred to Bethune-Cookman College before attending the University of Nebraska in 1997 in his last eligible collegiate season.

Jackson, a Kirkwood, Missouri native, hopes to one day become a head coach and eventually serve in the front office of a professional baseball organization as a general manager. Regardless of where the future leads the Commodore’s new coach, he will always love the game of baseball.
■ College baseball playing experience:
• StL Community College - Meramec ('94-'95)
• Bethune-Cookman College ('96)
• Nebraska Cornhuskers ('97)
He graduated from Nebraska in 1999 with a BA in Sociology.

■ Jackson is a 1992 graduate of Kirkwood HS (MO), where he played baseball and basketball for the Kirkwood Pioneers

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