June 1, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University women's basketball assistant coach Trimeka Jackson has been named the new head coach at Long Beach City College, as announced last month by Interim Dean of Physical Education/Athletics Mickey Davis.
"Trimeka is coming home to Long Beach City College and the local basketball community," Davis said. "She knows what it takes to build a successful program. She has all the tools and the contacts to give our student-athletes the best opportunity at the next level. I see her being very active in the basketball community by providing such things as camps and clinics for our local talent."
Trimeka Jackson, a former Viking standout, replaces 13-year head coach Barbara Jackson, who stepped down from the position after sitting out the 2003-04 season while on a one-year sabbatical leave.
"I would like to thank the Long Beach City College administration for selecting me," Jackson said. "I'm thrilled to make the most of this wonderful opportunity."
Barbara Jackson coached Trimeka Jackson during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. As a sophomore, Jackson earned All-South Coast Conference honors at forward for Long Beach.
"I learned a lot from Barbara during my two years at LBCC," she said. "Barbara made a big impact in my life. She taught me to be responsible and how to be successful, not only on the court, but also in life."
Jackson transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills where she helped lead the Toros to a 1995 conference title and the school's first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament berth.
Following her playing career, Jackson served as an assistant coach at Dominguez Hills for three seasons. In 1998, she moved on to Cal State Fullerton, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for five years.
In July of 2002, Jackson joined the coaching staff at Santa Clara University where she has been the team's recruiting coordinator for the past two seasons.
Although still in Santa Clara , Jackson already has her sights set on the upcoming 2004-05 season.
"I'm setting attainable goals for the new season," she said. "But I really think we should be at the top of the conference this year. I'm very familiar with the players and the available talent in the area. I'll be making some contacts and I'll try and get a good team together."
Jackson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1996. She is currently working on her Masters in kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. Jackson is a 1990 graduate of Long Beach Poly High School.
This past season under interim head coach Michael Peloza, LBCC compiled a 4-17 overall record and finished fifth at 1-7 in the South Coast Conference South Division.