Jeff Jackson (ice hockey, born 1955)

Jeffery L. Jackson (born June 22, 1955 in Roseville, Michigan) is an American ice hockey coach and currently is head coach at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he was the head coach at Lake Superior State University, where he won two NCAA championships in ice hockey. He has also been an assistant coach with the New York Islanders and head coach for the Guelph Storm.

Jeff Jackson
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamNotre Dame
ConferenceBig Ten
Record319–191–57 (.613)
Biographical details
Born (1955-06-22) June 22, 1955
Roseville, Michigan
Alma materMichigan State University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1990Lake Superior State (asst.)
1990–1996Lake Superior State
2000–2003Guelph Storm
2003–2004New York Islanders (asst.)
2005–PresentNotre Dame
Head coaching record
Overall501–243–83 (.656) [College]
Tournaments25–15 (.625)
Accomplishments and honors
1988 NCAA Championship (assistant)
1992 NCAA Championship
1994 NCAA Championship
CCHA Tournament Championship 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2007, 2009, 2013
CCHA Regular Season Championship 1991, 1996, 2007, 2009
Big Ten Tournament Championship 2018, 2019
Big Ten Regular Season Championship 2018
Spencer T. Penrose Award (Coach of the Year): 2007, 2018
CCHA Coach of the Year: 1991, 2007, 2011
College Hockey News Coach of the Year: 2007, 2018

Coaching career

Jackson got his start in college hockey at Lake Superior State University in 1986, where he worked with Frank Anzalone, helping lead the Lakers to one CCHA championship, and the 1988 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. When Anzalone left the Lakers in 1990, Jackson was promoted to head coach.

In his six years as head coach with Lake Superior, from 1990–1996, Jackson led the team to six consecutive NCAA appearances, including three straight trips to the finals from 1992–1994, and winning the 1992 and 1994 championships.

Jackson stepped down as head coach of Lake Superior to become the national coach and senior director of the newly founded U.S. National Team Development program, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his first season, he guided the U.S. Junior National Team to a silver medal in the 1997 World Junior Championships. Jackson was also an assistant coach for Team USA at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

He left the U.S. National Team in 2000 to become the head coach of the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League. Jackson led the Storm to a 16-point improvement from the previous season, as Guelph finished in second place in the Midwest Division. In the 2001–02 season, Guelph improved once again, as they earned 82 points, finishing in second place once again in the Midwest Division, and hosted the 2002 Memorial Cup, advancing to the tie-breaker game, where they lost to the Victoriaville Tigres. Jackson began the 2002–03 with the Storm, however, the team struggled and Jackson was replaced midway through the season. He had a record of 87–67–24–4 during his time in Guelph.

Jackson moved on to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League in 2003–04, as he was hired by Islanders head coach Steve Stirling to work on his staff. The Islanders had a successful season, earning 91 points and a trip to the playoffs, however, they were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. Jackson remained with the club during the cancelled 2004–05 NHL season.

In 2005, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hired Jackson to turn around their hockey team, which had a tough 2004–05 season, in which the Irish had a record of 5–27–6. In his first year in Notre Dame, Jackson helped the team to a 13–19–4 record, which was a fourteen-point improvement over the previous season. In 2006–07, the Fighting Irish set numerous team records, including overall wins (32) and CCHA wins (21) as Notre Dame captured their first ever CCHA regular season and tournament championships. The Irish advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, and earned their first ever tournament win. Jackson was awarded the CCHA Coach of the Year and the Spencer Penrose Award as the National Coach of the Year. Notre Dame had another strong season in 2007–08, and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second straight season. The Fighting Irish upset the #1 seed University of New Hampshire 7–3 in their first game, followed by a 3–1 victory over Michigan State to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. Notre Dame stayed hot, and defeated the #1 seeded Michigan Wolverines 5–4 in overtime to advance to their first ever berth in the final. Boston College would win the championship, as they defeated Notre Dame 4–1. Another record-setting regular season followed in 2008–09, with the Irish earning a top seed in the NCAA Championship, however they were defeated in the first round by Bemidji State.

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lake Superior State Lakers (CCHA) (1990–1996)
1990–91 Lake Superior State 36–5–426–2–41stNCAA Second Round (National Quarterfinals)
1991–92 Lake Superior State 30–9–420–8–42ndNCAA National Champion
1992–93 Lake Superior State 32–8–520–5–53rdNCAA Runner-Up
1993–94 Lake Superior State 31–10–418–8–42ndNCAA National Champion
1994–95 Lake Superior State 23–12–614–9–4T–4thNCAA Second Round (Regional Semifinals)
1995–96 Lake Superior State 30–8–222–6–2T–1stNCAA Second Round (Regional Semifinals)
Lake Superior State: 182–52–25 (.751)120–38–23 (.727)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (CCHA) (2005–2013)
2005–06 Notre Dame 13–19–411–13–4T–8thCCHA First Round
2006–07 Notre Dame 32–7–321–4–31stNCAA Second Round (Regional Finals)
2007–08 Notre Dame 27–16–415–9–44thNCAA Runner-Up
2008–09 Notre Dame 31–6–321–4–3–31stNCAA First Round (Regional Semifinals)
2009–10 Notre Dame 13–17–89–12–7–29thCCHA First Round
2010–11 Notre Dame 25–14–518–7–3–22ndNCAA Frozen Four
2011–12 Notre Dame 19–18–312–13–3–0T–8thCCHA Quarterfinals
2012–13 Notre Dame 25–13–317–8–3–22ndNCAA First Round (Regional Semifinals)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Hockey East) (2013–2017)
2013–14 Notre Dame 23–15–29–9–2T–7thNCAA First Round (Regional Semifinals)
2014–15 Notre Dame 18–19–510–7–55thHockey East Quarterfinals
2015–16 Notre Dame 19–11–715–5–23rdNCAA First Round (Regional Semifinals)
2016–17 Notre Dame 23–12–512–6–44thNCAA Frozen Four
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big Ten) (2017–present)
2017–18 Notre Dame 25–9–217–6–11stNCAA Runner-Up
2018–19 Notre Dame 23–14–311–11–22ndNCAA Northeast Regional Final
Notre Dame: 319–191–57 (.613)181–108–45–8 (.609)
Total:501–243–83 (.656)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ron Mason
Enrico Blasi
Enrico Blasi
CCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
George Gwozdecky
Red Berenson
Bob Daniels
Preceded by
Enrico Blasi
Jim Montgomery
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Red Berenson
Greg Carvel
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Anzalone
Lake Superior State Lakers men's ice hockey Head Coach
Succeeded by
Scott Borek
Preceded by
Dave Poulin
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey Head Coach
Succeeded by
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