Former Oregon and Creswell High star Luke Jackson returns to Eugene as the coach of the NAIA's Northwest Christian University.
Several outlets are confirming that former Oregon basketball standout Luke Jackson will be named the new head men's basketball coach at Northwest Christian University on Wednesday.
Jackson, 31, played at Oregon from 2000-2004, leading the Ducks to the Elite Eight in 2002, and being named first team All-American in 2004, averaging 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game as a senior. He went on to become the 10th overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played parts of four seasons in the NBA before splitting time over the next four years in the European leagues and the NBDL.
The Northwest Christian campus is across Kincaid Street from the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The Beacons play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in the NAIA, alongside schools stretching from Ashland, Oregon to Olympia, Washington. The Beacons finished 9-21 last season, 3-15 in conference play. Former head coach Corey Anderson is also the athletic director, and stepped down to concentrate on those duties.
Jackson has no head coaching experience, but has considerable local connections as a local prep and college star. Best of luck to Luke on this new journey.