Greg Jackson begins his third season at Tulane and will coach the safeties and kickoff team in 2009.
One year ago, Jackson made the move from coaching the safeties to the linebacking corps. His group accounted for three interceptions and a combined 221 tackles despite losing three players to season-ending injuries throughout the season.
During his first season with the Green Wave, Jackson`s secondary accounted for eight interceptions, including four by junior David Skehan, who earned honorable mention all-league honors, and the group came up with 36 pass breakups.
Jackson came to Tulane after three seasons as the defensive back coach at Louisiana-Monroe, where he helped the ULM secondary increase its number of interceptions from 7 to 13, including all-Sun Belt Conference defensive back Chris Harris' nation-leading seven interceptions in 2004.
Two of Jackson's top pupils--Kevin Payne and Chaz Williams --received invitations to the 2007 NFL Combine. Payne was a two-time all-Sun Belt Conference selection as a defensive back after earning the honor as a freshman at running back. Williams earned all-Sun Belt honors as a junior when he led the league in interceptions.
Jackson, 43, joined the ULM staff after one season as secondary coach at Idaho, where he coached the Vandal defensive backs to a No. 31 national ranking in pass defense, up from No. 111 the season before he arrived.
Jackson was a third-round draft choice of the New York Giants in 1989 and was a member of the Giants' 1990-91 Super Bowl championship team. In 1994, he went to the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons, and played the New Orleans Saints (1996) and San Diego Chargers (1997-2001).
Jackson's leadership abilities were recognized often and early during his playing career. He was one of five permanent captains of the 1988 LSU team and after only three years in professional football, he was voted team captain of the Giants in 1992 and 1993. He was also voted the Giants' Player of the Year for activities outside football in 1993. He was captain of the 1996 Eagles and was special team's captain for San Diego in 1998 and 2000.
He enjoyed a great career at LSU from 1985-88, helping the Tigers to some of their greatest seasons. Those four LSU teams were a combined 36-10-2, won Southeastern Conference championships in 1986 and 1988, and played in bowl games every year. Jackson was named to the all-SEC first team and was a first team All-America selection in 1988.
In his senior season, Jackson, a safety, led the nation in pass interceptions with seven for 219 yards--the second highest interception yardage total in SEC history. He tied an NCAA record by returning an interception 100 yards against Mississippi State.
A native of Miami, Fla., he earned a bachelor's degree in communications broadcasting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2004.
Jackson and his wife Dina, have two children, Greg Jr. (4) and Jayden (1), while his oldest son, Jamal (18), is a football student-athlete at Appalachian State University.