Danté Jackson hired as Robert Morris University assistant men’s basketball coach

McClain graduate and former Xavier standout Danté Jackson has been hired by Robert Morris University to join their men’s basketball coach staff as an assistant coach.

Jackson confirmed the hiring in a recent Facebook post in which he praised The United State Air Force Academy, where he coached last season.

Jackson wrote on the Facebook post: “For the last year, I have been blessed to be able to coach some of the best and brightest young men in the world at The United States Air Force Academy. Dealing with them on a daily basis was such a great experience that I will be forever grateful to Coach P and the whole staff for giving me the opportunity. With that being said I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted an Assistant Coaching position at Robert Morris University. I’m super excited to get to work with another group of hungry and determined young men!”

Jon Rothstein, a college basketball insider for CBS Sports, also confirmed the hiring on Twitter: “Robert Morris’ Andy Toole has hired former Xavier guard Dante Jackson as an assistant coach, per a source.”

Last season, Robert Morris University finished 14-19 overall playing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Jackson has also coached at Ohio University and Northern Kentucky since graduating from Xavier where while a member of the men’s basketball team played in multiple NCAA Tournaments.

While at Xavier, Jackson in his four-year career, playing in 137 games, averaged 5.8 points per game, with his best season coming his senior year averaging 7.912 ppg with 3.12 rebounds per game. For his collegiate career, Jackson scored 795 points, with three straight seasons of at least 225 points from his sophomore through senior seasons.

While playing for McClain during his high school career, Jackson became the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer with 2,423 points, while also holding records with 1,014 rebounds, 502 assists and 312 steals. As a senior, he averaged 26.4 ppg. and 11.5 rebounds per game.