Paul Jackson – Head S&C Coach at Utah State
With an incredible resume in the strength and conditioning world, Coach Jackson shares his wealth of knowledge in multiple levels of the game through his mentors and life lessons. Coach Moffitt and Coach Jackson then discuss SAQ and conditioning at great lengths—definitely info you won't want to miss!
Paul Jackson is in his second season as Utah State football’s head strength and conditioning coach.
In his first season at Utah State, Jackson helped the Aggies to their best season in school history as they tied the school record with 11 wins (11-3), won their first-ever Mountain West Championship with a 46-13 road win at No. 19 San Diego State, posted a 24-13 win against Oregon State in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl and finished the season ranked 24th in the nation in both polls. Prior to joining Utah State, Jackson spent the 2020 season as the head strength and conditioning football coach at South Carolina for head coach Will Muschamp.
Prior to South Carolina, Jackson spent eight years as the head strength and conditioning football coach at Ole Miss, working for head coaches Hugh Freeze and Matt Luke. During Jackson’s tenure in Oxford, the Rebels achieved four bowl appearances, including back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls in 2014 and 2015. Jackson arrived in Oxford after spending 2011 at Southern Mississippi, where he
oversaw strength and conditioning for the entire USM athletics department with direct responsibility over football. In his one season there, the football team had its best record in school history at 12-2 and captured the Conference USA championship.
Jackson arrived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after serving in 2010 as the Director of Athletic Conditioning for Football at Miami (Ohio). In his lone season, he helped the Redhawks to the 2010 MAC championship and a victory in the 2011 GoDaddy Bowl, becoming the first team in NCAA history to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins in one year (1-11 in 2009 to 10-4 in 2010).
From 2007-10, Jackson served as an assistant strength coach at LSU, working directly with the Tigers’ football and volleyball teams. During his time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jackson won an SEC and a national championship with the football team, as well as three consecutive SEC Western Division and one SEC championship with the volleyball team. While working for the Tigers, Jackson worked under and was mentored by strength and conditioning legend Tommy Moffitt.
A native of White Plains, New York, Jackson got his start in the business as a professional intern strength coach with the NFL’s New York Giants. He also spent time as a performance enhancement specialist at the Parisi Speed School in Garwood, New Jersey, where the focus is sport-specific speed and agility training, as well as combine prep.
He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. During his college days at Montclair State (New Jersey), Jackson lettered in football, spending time at both fullback and linebacker. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2006 and later received his master’s in kinesiology from LSU in 2009.
He is married to the former Kristina Hull, who played softball at Georgia Tech and has been a Winter Olympic hopeful in the skeleton. The couple met when they were both on the strength and conditioning staff at LSU.
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