CONWAY, SC – Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball head coach Kevin Pederson announced its coaching staff for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Joining Pederson and the Chants are DeCole Shoemate Robertson, Jarred Jacksonand Julia Ford. Robertson was named associate head coach, while Jackson and Ford were named assistant team coaches.
Robertson followed Pederson from Lander University, where they’ve teamed up for the past 11 years. During her time at Lander, the Bearcats made the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament in nine of Robertson’s 11 years on the team, reaching the Elite Eight in 2012 and the Final Four in 2021.
Alongside Pederson, Robertson led the Bearcats to two NCAA DII regional championships (2011-12 and 2020-21), two Peach Belt Conference regular season championships (2019-20 and 2020-21), two Peach division championships Belt Conference (2015-16 and 2016-17), and two Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championships (2015-16 and 2019-20).
After Robertson began her career with Lander as a volunteer coach from 2006 to 2008, she joined Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia as an assistant women’s basketball coach and recruitment coordinator, where she signed multiple players from all states and transfers. including a Kodak All-American.
In December 2008, Robertson assumed sole head coaching responsibilities and went on to lead Brewton-Parker to the 2009 SSAC Conference Tournament, falling short of the number 1 seed.
A native of Beaufort, SC, Robertson led his high school team, Battery Creek, to a South Carolina 3-A State Championship. She was twice named Female Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year, and was a four-time all-area and regional player. She signed for and played Division I basketball at Florida International (FIU), where she won the Sun Belt Conference Championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. In Robertson’s freshman year, she became Pederson’s first hire as a rookie coach, when transferred to Anderson University. With the Trojans, she received all conference honors, won the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship, and led Anderson to the school’s first NCAA victory.
Jackson came to Coastal Carolina after three years as an assistant coach on the Utah Valley men’s basketball team. In their three years at UVU, the Wolverines have improved from 11-19 in their first year in 2019-20 to 20-12 in 2021-22.
In just his second season in Utah Valley, Jackson helped the Wolverines to a historic 2020-21 season as Utah Valley finished atop the league standings and clinched the WAC regular season title. The championship was only the second WAC title in UVU history and the first since the 2013-14 season. The Wolverines were one of the most selfless teams in the country in 2020-21, averaging 16.8 assists per game, which ranked 11th nationally.
During Jackson’s first season in 2019-20, UVU broke the record for team blocks in a single season with a staggering 157 rejects. Emmanuel Olojakpoke broke the record for single-season UVU individual blocks with 81 blocks and set the single-season UVU field shot percentage mark at 69.1%.
A total of five UVU players have won All-WAC honors under Jackson, including first team, second team and honorable mention awards. Brandon Avertte won the WAC All-Newcomer Team honors, while the following year, Fardaws Aimaq became the first player in UVU history to win the WAC Player of the Year honors and the 2020 WAC Defensive Player of the Year award. -21. Aimaq became the first player in 40 years to average 15 rebounds per game and was the nation’s leader in total rebounds, rebounds per game and defensive rebounds per game. Aimaq has twice won the NABC All-District Award and was named a finalist for the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award and the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2020-21 and 2021-22. In 2020-21, Aimaq won the Riley Wallace Award, which is awarded annually to the best transfer in Division I college basketball.
Prior to joining Utah Valley, Jackson worked as a director of operations at UT Arlington in 2018-19, after serving as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech University during the 2017-18 season, helping the Red Raiders reach Elite 8. of the NCAA Tournament.
He joined the Lander University men’s basketball team as an assistant coach in 2015 and helped the Bearcats win the Peach Belt Conference title and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in nine years.
Prior to Lander, Jackson served as an associate men’s basketball coach and head coach of the junior varsity team at West High School under Mike Matheson. His team made the playoffs in two of his three seasons on the WHS. During his tenure at WHS, Jackson trained, developed and mentored six artists from across the region.
A two-time All-PBC player during his Lander career, Jackson scored 1,388 points and made 319 free throws and 214 three-pointers. Three-time team captain, Jackson led the Bearcats to the 2006-07 Peach Belt Conference Tournament and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week three times and was named Lander’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons.
Prior to joining the Chanticleers coaching staff, Ford worked as a graduate assistant in the Clemson Tigers women’s basketball program. While at Clemson, she helped players on and off the court to help them improve through instructional training, film and character development.
Ford’s responsibilities at Clemson also included assisting the team in opposing scouts, managing food vendors, recruiting direct mailers, and supervising the practice team.
In the summers of 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021, Ford worked with the US women’s basketball program, preparing elite athletes and coaches for competition, facilitating practice and accommodations. She also captured, cut, arranged and distributed films to support Scouting and team development. Ford provided operational support through coordinating equipment distribution, packaging and organizing equipment for competition and travel.
Ford played basketball at Bentley University under Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens. She was named one of the team captains by her coaches and teammates. She graduated from Bentley in May 2020 with two bachelor’s degrees in media and culture and corporate information and communication design.
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