The newest addition to head coach Chris Mack's staff is a familiar face to Xavier fans. Danté Jackson, who spent the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant at Ohio University, returns to the school where he was a part of 107 career wins. He will serve as a graduate program assistant under Mack, who was the XU head coach for Jackson's senior season and the associate head coach in his first three seasons as a player.
Jackson's primary responsibility is coordinating the program's video operations, including film breakdown, film exchange, as well as evaluation video for Xavier players. He also assists the coaching staff in limited on-court activities during practice, as well as, advance scouting, on-campus recruiting, and assisting with the team's academics. In addition to his basketball duties he is also pursuing his master's degree in sport administration.
Jackson, 24, served on the staff of former XU assistant John Groce at Ohio last season and the winning ways seemed to follow him to Athens, Ohio. Ohio won the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Jackson, a 2011 Xavier University graduate with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts, helped Xavier compile a 107-32 (.770) record during his career, which left him one win shy of tying the school record (108) set by former teammate and 2010 graduate Jason Love. Xavier won seven NCAA Tournament games during his career, including an Elite Eight and two Sweet 16s.
Jackson played in 137 career games, which tied for the Xavier school record first set by B.J. Raymond from 2005-09. Jackson started the last 54 games of his career and 88 games overall in his career. He was a two-time winner of the Blackburn/McCafferty MVP Award for the Dayton game, including a career-high 19-point game in a win over UD in his junior season.
Jackson came to Xavier after a standout career at Greenfield (Ohio) McClain High school where he averaged 26.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.6 steals a game as a senior, while leading McClain to a 23-1 record. McClain finished with a perfect 20-0 regular season record and was ranked number one in the Division II AP Final Poll. He was selected First Team All-Ohio as a sophomore, junior and senior as well as AP First Team All-District four years in a row, including AP District Player of the Year three times.