Written by Aaron-Michael Fox.

Get to know Marshall’s new head men’s basketball coach, Cornelius Jackson!

A native West Virginian, “Corny” Jackson attended Oak Hill High School in Fayette County from 1992-1996, where he participated in freshman football and four years of basketball.

He was a three-time first-team all-state selection, captain of the 1996 all-state team and named the 1996 West Virginia State Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Oak Hill High School Hall of Fame in 2016.

After graduation from OHHS, Jackson was recruited by the University of Tennessee, where he participated on the varsity team as a freshman. He decided to transfer to Marshall University after his first year at Tennessee.

While playing at Marshall, Cornelius started every game during his three years of eligibility. Jackson had career averages of 10.2 points and 6.2 assists at Marshall. He finished his career ranked 4th all-time in career assists at Marshall. He was also selected to the 2000 pre-season All-MAC team.

Cornelius graduated from MU in 2001 with a degree in sociology with a minor in health education.

After playing professional basketball in Germany and Austria, Jackson was an assistant coach with West Virginia State and UT Martin before being hired as an assistant coach at Cleveland State in 2013 under head coach, Gary Waters.

In 2017, Jackson returned to Marshall as an assistant under Dan D’Antoni. In 2023, he was promoted to associate head coach for The Thundering Herd.

On March 25, 2024, it was announced that Jackson would replace Dan D’Antoni as head coach at Marshall.

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