Adam Jackson officially took the helm of the Pioneer program on Oct. 26, 2015. Since his arrival, he has continued the winning tradition for the Tusculum tennis teams guiding the Pioneers to a combined 100-38 overall record, including 50-15 in South Atlantic Conference play.
His first Tusculum women's season was successful as the Pioneers went 19-5 overall and finished second in the conference with a 10-1 SAC worksheet. Four Pioneers garnered All-SAC recognition, including first team selections Franziska Funke and Kealee Heffner.
His second women's team in 2017 had a banner year as Tusculum went 20-7 overall and finished runner-up in the league with a 9-2 SAC mark. The Pioneers mounted a magical postseason run which included three straight wins, including a thrilling 5-4 victory over No. 33 Wingate to claim the South Atlantic Conference Tournament title, the fourth in school history. Three Pioneers earned All-Conference accolades, including rookie Katarina Majorova who was named the 2017 SAC Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year. Funke also garnered SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player laurels as well. Tusculum earned the program its ninth NCAA II postseason appearance and finished the year ranked 40th in the nation.
The Pioneer women's tennis program reached new heights during the 2017-18 season, going 21-3 overall and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship tournament. Tusculum was ranked as high as 13th in the ITA Division II Women's Tennis poll and finished the season ranked 14th, while its 21 victories were one shy of the program record set in 2013-14. The Pioneers had six wins against ITA ranked teams, with all three losses coming to NCAA tournament qualifiers. Tusculum had four players named All-Conference in both singles and doubles, with Funke and Majorova joined by sophomores Annie and Caitlin McCullough.
In his first season with the Tusculum men, the Pioneers posted a 19-4 record, including 10-1 in league play to capture the program its sixth South Atlantic Conference championship. The Pioneers opened the season with a 15-match winning streak and clinched the league title with a 6-3 win over Queens. The TC men had four All-Conference selections including 2016 SAC Player of the Year Tim Stierle. Stierle went undefeated (11-0) in singles as a Pioneer captured SAC Player of the Year honors for a fourth consecutive season. For his efforts, Jackson was named the SAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year.
Tusculum turned in a 12-11 record in the 2016-17 men's season, finishing in sixth place overall in the conference with a 6-5 record. Tomas Kmetko and Yago Fernandez were each named second-team All-SAC for the Pioneers. The Pioneer men's team went 15-8 in 2017-18, advancing to the SAC Tournament semifinals, and had five players selected All-Conference, including Kmetko who was named second-team All-SAC in singles for the second straight season.
Jackson came to Tusculum after serving on the coaching staff at NAIA national power Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. During Jackson’s tenure at Georgia Gwinnett, the men’s program captured two NAIA national championships in 2014 and 2015, while posting an impressive 37-2 record over the last two years. The GGC women’s team won the 2014 NAIA national title, while the 2015 club finished as national runner-up.
While at GGC, Jackson coached 14 ITA All-Americans, while nine student-athletes garnered honorable mention recognition. He also mentored 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete Matias Hatem.
In 2015, the GGC men faced a challenging schedule while posting a 16-2 worksheet with wins over 11 nationally-ranked teams, including 2014 NCAA Division II national champion West Florida. The GGC women’s program, led by Valeria Podda, the nation’s top-ranked player, and featuring a line-up of five All-Americans, lost 5-4 in the NAIA national final to Auburn-Montgomery, to wrap up an 11-7 campaign.
The GGC men's squad went 21-0 in 2014, capping an undefeated campaign with a 5-1 win over defending champion Embry-Riddle in the NAIA championship match. During their unbeaten run, the Grizzlies knocked of three NCAA II ranked opponents, including No. 2 Armstrong State, No. 7 Lander and No. 21 USC Aiken. The Grizzlies were recognized with six NAIA All-Americans, including three first team honorees.
The 2014 GGC women's squad defeated Embry-Riddle in a dramatic 5-4 contest to capture the program’s first NAIA national title. The Grizzlies had eight NAIA All-Americans on the season, including a pair of first team players. During the year, the GGC women posted an impressive 18-4 record and earned victories against opponents from all three NCAA divisions.
Jackson also served as the head teaching professional at The Georgia Club, a premier country club located in Statham, Georgia from 2014-2015 and carries the highest certification from the Professional Tennis Registry.
He served on the faculty and coached tennis at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia where he led them to state tournament appearances from 2010-2013.
The Watkinsville, Georgia native started his collegiate playing career at South Atlantic Conference member Wingate University and was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2002 NCAA Division II Tournament team.
Jackson is a former Georgia state champion at Oconee County High School, and he's continued to play, earning the Georgia Games men's open title in 2013.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Appalachian State University in 2007 and followed with his Master’s degree in secondary education (M.A.T.) from Piedmont College in 2010.
Jackson and his wife, Dana, are the proud parents of two sons, Gus and Jake.
Jackson’s Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Year School Overall Pct. SAC Pct. SAC Finish
2015-16 Tusculum 16-5 .762 10-1 .909 2nd
2016-17 Tusculum 20-7 .741 9-2 .818 T2nd
2017-18 Tusculum 21-3 .875 9-1 .900 2nd
Totals 57-15 .792 28-4 .875