Monday, April 18, 2016

Xavier Basketball's Dannton Jackson Accepts Assistant Coach Position at Alabama-Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Dannton Jackson, the winningest coach in Xavier men's basketball history, has resigned to take a position as an assistant coach at Alabama-Birmingham, Jackson confirmed Friday.

Jackson, 46, is joining the staff of Rob Ehsan, who was promoted to head coach April 4. Jackson had a 290-130 record in 13 seasons at NAIA Xavier, including 21-13 this past season. He said the chance to join Ehsan at an up-and-coming NCAA Division I program was too hard to pass up.

"I had no intentions of leaving Xavier, but I think UAB is a very good situation," said Jackson, who spent 27 years at Xavier as a student-athlete, assistant coach or head coach. "Rob is an unbelievable guy. (UAB) went 26-7 last year, and they have everybody returning. Those are the things that intrigue me, along with the challenges of the (D-I) level."

The Blazers won the Conference USA regular-season championship after claiming the conference tournament title in 2015. Xavier lost to rival Dillard in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship game.


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