FRANKFORT, KY-- Kentucky State University (KSU) has hired Jamaal Jackson as the new head men’s basketball coach of the Thorobreds. Terrance Slater has been named the head coach of the Thorobrettes basketball team. Jackson and Slater were formally introduced at a news conference today (July 8) at KSU’s Exum Center.
Coach Jackson, a KSU graduate, comes to Frankfort from Bluefield (WV) State College where he was head men's coach. Jackson was hired on the eve of the 2011-2012 season as the interim head coach at BSC before being named head coach on April 1, 2012.
Going into the 2015-16 season, Jackson increased the previous season’s win total during each of his years as head coach. BSC finished the 2014-15 season with their highest win total since the 1995-96 season. Jackson’s team also ranked first nationally in fewest turnovers during the 2014-15 season.
Before arriving in Bluefield, Jackson served three seasons as an assistant coach at Stillman College before being promoted to the position of associate head coach in the summer of 2011. While at Stillman, Jackson helped guide the program to its first-ever national Top 25 ranking, as well as a 2011 NCAA Tournament appearance, where they advanced to the round of 16.
Jackson is familiar with the Thorobred program, having served as an assistant at KSU from 2004-2008.
New head women's coach Terrance Slater, a standout collegiate player at Western Michigan University, has more than 10 years of experience in athletics that includes playing professional basketball in the International Basketball League overseas in France and Switzerland with stints at North Charleston, South Carolina, Battle Creek, Michigan, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Along with his successful playing and coaching career, Slater has served as an NBA scout and a recruitment coordinator.
Slater joined the KSU staff in August, 2014 as an assistant coach. He now steps up to be head coach following head coach Serena King-Coleman's departure.
As an assistant, Slater helped guide the program to become the first team in school history to achieve a top 25 ranking, two SIAC regular season championships and back to back NCAA tournament appearances. The Thorobrettes also compiled a home record of 22-2 and an overall record of 46-11 in the past two seasons. Over the previous two seasons, Slater has been in charge of recruiting, scouting, and player development.
Before joining the staff at Kentucky State, Slater was the director and coach for Illinois MEANSTREETS AAU program in Chicago. MEANSTREETS produced talents such as Derrick Rose (New York Knicks), former UK standouts Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) and Tyler Ulis (Phoenix Suns). He also served as a trainer and Director of Scouting for Sports Prep NBA, which produced Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers).