Harold Jackson, a five-time All-Pro wide receiver and 10-year National Football League coaching veteran, is in his fourth season at Baylor and his sixth as Guy Morriss' wide receivers coach.
Jackson has coached two of Baylor's six all-time wide out trios to each record at least 30 receptions in a season -- Dominique Zeigler (55), Trent Shelton (37) and Marques Roberts (35) in 2004 and Zeigler (48), Shaun Rochon (44) and Shelton (39) in 2005.
In his first year on the BU sideline, Jackson coached All-Big 12 performer Robert Quiroga, who snagged a team-high 42 receptions for 490 yards and four touchdowns, and averaged 31.4 yards on 14 kickoff returns. Dominique Zeigler led the 2004 Bears in receptions (55) en route to honorable mention coaches All-Big 12 recognition and paced the 2005 squad with 48 receptions to garner second-team coaches All-Big 12 honors.
Jackson came to Baylor after spending two seasons as Morriss' receivers coach at Kentucky. In his first year at UK, wideout Derek Abney became a first-team All-Southeastern Conference performer, a feat he repeated in 2002 when he also earned first-team All-America honors. Jackson also oversaw the development of Aaron Boone and Tommy Cook, who blossomed as reliable contributors during the 2001 campaign.
He coached receivers for 10 years in the NFL with New England (1985-89), Tampa Bay (1992-93) and New Orleans (1997-99). In his first NFL season as a coach, the Patriots won the AFC championship and played in the 1986 Super Bowl. It was at New England where Jackson became acquainted with Morriss, who played for the Patriots from 1984-87 and was an assistant coach with the organization in 1988-89.
From New England, Jackson served as an assistant coach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., during the 1990 season. In 1991, he was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Night of the Arena Football League before returning to the NFL at Tampa Bay.
Following his two-year coaching stint with Tampa Bay, Jackson spent the 1994 season as the head coach at Virginia Union College in Richmond, Va. He then served as head coach for two seasons (1995-96) at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., where he helped revive a football program that had been dormant for 29 years, before joining the Saints' staff.
Jackson enjoyed a sterling 16-year NFL playing career with the Los Angeles Rams (1968, 1973-77), Philadelphia Eagles (1969-72), New England Patriots (1978-81), Minnesota Vikings (1982) and Seattle Seahawks (1983). While with the Eagles, one of his teammates was Baylor defensive coordinator Bill Bradley. All-told, Jackson played on eight playoff teams as a pro. His career totals include 579 receptions for 10,372 yards and 76 touchdowns. Jackson had 29 career 100-yard games and three 1,000-yard seasons. He ranks 16th in league history in receiving yardage. Jackson led the NFL in receptions in 1972 and in receiving yardage in both 1969 and 1972.
A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Jackson played his collegiate football at Jackson State University and is a member of both the Mississippi and JSU Sports Hall of Fames. A 1968 JSU graduate, his hometown of Hattiesburg held Harold Jackson Day and presented him with a key to the city. Over the years, he has been active as a speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Hattiesburg Department of Recreation.
Harold and his wife, Carolyn, have one son, Brandon.