Candice Jackson
Candice Jackson

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
2nd Season

Alma Mater:
Michigan State, 2004

Candice Jackson is beginning her second season with the Wake Forest program. She will serve as the recruiting coordinator and work with the guards.

Jackson joined the Wake Forest staff after four successful seasons with the University of Richmond, where she helped take the team from a 13-17 record in 2005-06 to a 24-10 finish in 2008-09.

Jackson was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State from 2000-04, where she played as a guard for Joanne McCallie, the current head women's basketball coach at Duke. Jackson served as team captain as both a junior and a senior and led the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004.

In 2003, the Spartans finished fourth in the Big Ten but dropped a tough opening round game of the NCAA Tournament to TCU, 50-47.

As a senior in 2004, MSU traveled to Austin, Texas, for the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans downed Arizona in the opening round but fell to host Texas in the round of 32.

Jackson was also on the MSU team that advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT in 2001-02.

She earned her degree in Family Community Services from MSU. After graduation, Jackson remained at Michigan State as a graduate assistant for the 2004-05 squad that played in the NCAA national championship game.

After just one year of assistant work with the Spartans, Jackson's strong knowledge of the game and ability to relate to student-athletes earned her a Division I job at Richmond.

While at Richmond, Jackson oversaw summer camps in addition to scouting, recruiting and coordinating video operations. Jackson was also in charge of community service efforts for the Spiders.

She worked closely with Spider guard Amber Petillon, who blossomed during her senior year under Jackson's guidance and has enjoyed an extremely successful career overseas.

Jackson hails from Lansing, Michigan, where she was a three-time MVP at Lansing Everett High School and guided her team to the state title game as a senior.

Lansing Everett is also the high school of NBA legend Magic Johnson. Johnson then enrolled at Michigan State in 1977 and since leading the the Spartans to a national title in 1979, no one from Everett had attended MSU until Jackson enrolled in 2000.

Jackson currently resides in Winston-Salem.

 

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