WVU Tabs Andrew Jackson As Football Defensive Assistant

Andrew Jackson

It didn’t take Neal Brown long to find a replacement for the departed Jahmile Addae.

The Mountaineers have hired Old Dominion assistant coach Andrew “AJ” Jackson as a defensive assistant coach, but did not announce the position which he will oversee. There could be additional shuffling on the defensive staff before position coaching assignments are finalized.

“I would like to welcome Andrew to the Mountaineer Football family,” Brown said. “He comes highly recommended and brings good defensive experience with him. He already has recruiting experience in areas within our footprint and has a track record for being an outstanding teacher.”

Jackson comes to Morgantown after serving as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for defense at Old Dominion for the past year.

“Coach Brown is building a strong, family-oriented program at West Virginia, and I am excited to become a part of its upward climb,” Jackson said. “The program has a rich tradition and history and the fan base is very passionate. I have a lot of respect for the people in this state, and I am excited to work with the players and coaches. I can’t wait to get started.”

Jackson joined the Old Dominion staff after spending the 2019 season at James Madison as the defensive tackles coach. While at JMU, the Dukes led the FCS in total defense and was third in scoring defense. Defensive tackle Mike Greene led the Colonial Athletic Association in sacks by an interior lineman and earned all-conference honors.

Jackson was the defensive quality control coach at Mississippi State in 2018, where he helped the Bulldogs to an 8-5 record and berth in the Outback Bowl. MSU ranked in the top 10 nationally in eight defensive categories, including a No. 1 national ranking in total defense (263.1). Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat earned All-Southeastern Conference honors.

In 2017, Jackson coached the defensive line at Fordham. He was responsible for game planning the run game, pass protection and third-down blitz packages and prepared the opponent scouting report for the defense.

Prior to that, Jackson was a graduate assistant with the defensive line for two years at Penn State. He completed all opponent and self-scout defensive breakdowns and coached the scout team. Two players he worked with earned national attention, All-American Carl Nassib and consensus All-American Anthony Zettel. Nassib was the Big Ten’s Bronko Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and was the Hendricks Award and Lombardi Award winner.

Jackson spent two years as an assistant coach at Stony Brook, first as a graduate assistant and then as assistant defensive line coach. One of his players, Aaron Thompson went on to rank among the top 10 nationally in sacks and earn All-CAA First Team honors. Jackson started his coaching career at LIU Post as a graduate assistant.

Jackson was a three-year captain and three-year starter for LIU Post. He was an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Second Team honoree as a senior after recording five sacks and 12 tackles for loss for the Pioneers. He was a member of the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society and was awarded two of the athletics department’s most prestigious honors, the Christine Webb Award and the Roy Illowit Award.

Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education science and coaching from Long Island University in 2011 and three master’s degrees, one in Interdisciplinary studies from Long Island in 2012, liberal arts and science from Stony Brook in 2014 and educational leadership from Penn State in 2017.

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    It didn’t take Neal Brown long to find a replacement for the departed Jahmile Addae. I am exited to start a new chapter at WVU! Thank you to all the f
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    Interesting that ODU cancelled their FB season in CUSA because of COVID.  So, exactly what was he coaching and recruiting during this last year.

    “Jackson comes to Morgantown after serving as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for defense at Old Dominion for the past year.”


    The folks in Oklahoma are going to be having Trail of Tears nightmares 😀


    To be fair to Andrew Jackson, he did coach in 2019 with the JMU team that W all but their first and last games.  First to WVU 20-13. Remember that game going into half time losing 7-3?  These boards were in melt down mode that we almost lost to a DII school.  And their last game.  The DII Championship game 28-20 to North Dakota State.   JMU had a very good team that year.


    This softens the blow of losing Addae, for me, substantially.


    His resume suggests that he may be here for just one year.  It appears that he is building a resume.  Perhaps, I’m not reading it correctly.  But, Mississippi State, then JMU, then VCU, leads  me to believe otherwise.


    He may or may not be at WVU for a year, but I don’t think you can begrudge a guy for moving up through the ranks while coaching at the lower levels.  I look at the resume and I see a young coach so highly thought of he is in demand.  Plus the Mississippi State job sounds like an analyst to me.  The only analyst that seems to stick around is an older coach that doesn’t want to coach full time on the field any more.

    There really isn’t a more transient profession that I can think of than college assistant coach.  They say that a head coach is hired to be fired, and that may be true, but I submit that a quality assistant coach is hired to be hired away.  I am hopeful he does a great job while at WVU.


    WVU will still need to hire a new CB coach and an OLB coach. I guess Jordan could end up doing that in addition to his DC duties. Evidently Jeff Casteel’s move to the field was just a stop gap measure for last season only.


    I think the next piece for Jackson in his resume build is to prove he can recruit and develop his position group at the P5 level.  I do not think you do that in only one year, and would be hard pressed to do that in 2 years.  I do not have any knowledge of how the profession works but that would seem like the greatest need for him at this point, at least to me.


    I like hiring a young guy with lots of energy.  His sideline energy will go a long way with getting the guys up for the game.  If he truly has ties in the surrounding recruiting areas it will be a huge plus.

    TOS (both) are in melt down about this hire by some of the posters.  Hopefully they don’t migrate over here.


    I assume it will be called a Stonewall Defense. Sorry.


    Would have to come up with a War of 1812 reference, not the Civil War, as he passed away long before the latter.


    The Old Hickory Line?


    There you go.

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