UNDER THE BANNER
What's Going On In and Around Black College Sports
University of Pennsylvania Assistant Men's Basketball
Coach Gil Jackson has accepted the head coaching position
at Howard University. Jackson, who has spent the past 16
years on the sidelines withPenn Head Coach Fran Dunphy, will
begin his tenureatthe MEAC school, which is also a member of
the Historic Black Colleges and Universities
"Obviously he will be missed here at Penn, but we are
overjoyed at what this will mean for him," Dunphy said.
"He's worked long and hard for this opportunity and he
certainly deserves it. We wish him all the best in this new endeavor."
Jacksonhas been instrumental in helping the Quakers
to nine Ivy League Championships and eight NCAA
tournament appearances since he began at Penn in 1989. Coming
on board as a volunteer coach, Jackson took over as head
coach of the Quaker JV program and, as an assistant to the
varsity program, was given the task of developing the
pressure-defense. This assignment built upon strengths Jackson
had demonstrated as head basketball coach of the Sanford
School, a distinguished private high school in Delaware.
Jacksonserved as the Ivy League representative to
the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
Assistant Coaches Committee for the second-straight year in 2005.
A 1969 graduate of Elizabethtown College, Jackson
was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection,
team captain and 1,000-point scorer. He was also inducted into
his alma mater's athletic hall of fame.
Jackson resides in Wilmington, Del., with his wife,
the former Patricia A. Wilkinson, a physical education teacher
in Pennsylvania's Rosetree Media School District.
Norfolk State athletics director
Marty Miller announced Monday that LaVerne
Sweat is retiring from her position as NSU
women's track and field and cross country coach, effective July 1. She
will be replaced on an interim basis by Ronda
Berard, who has served as assistant women's
track and cross country coach for the last ten years.
Sweat will remain in her position as the athletic
department's senior woman administrator, where her duties will focus
on the areas of compliance and academic enhancement. "I've
been in this business a long time, and I've enjoyed my tenure as coach at Norfolk State,"
Sweat said. "I just feel that I have done all I can do, with the
ultimate being an Olympic coach. I thought this would be a good
time to give coach Berard the opportunity to step into my
place. She understands what the program is about."
"I accepted Coach Sweat's retirement resignation
reluctantly, because we're losing an outstanding track and
field coach," Miller said. "But I am happy to have her to assist
me with other administrative duties."
Sweat has coached the NSU women's track
program since 1988. In that time, she won a total of 10
CIAA championships (in cross country, indoor and outdoor
track) and two MEAC track championships. Sweat, a
Norfolk native, was the first female president of the CIAA in
the 1980s. She was the NAIA National Coach of the Year in
1981 and was voted NCAA Division II Coach of the Decade
Her ultimate accomplishment came when she was
selected to be an assistant coach for the United States track
and field team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney,
Australia. Aside from her stint with the national team in 2000,
Sweat was selected as head coach of the U.S. team at the
World University Games in Bucharest, Romania, in 1991, and
was head coach for the U.S. at the Junior Pan American Games
in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1993.
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