Candice Jackson joins the Spartan coaching staff for the 2004-05 season as a graduate assistant coach after four seasons as a player at MSU.
Jackson's primary responsibility this season is player development. In addition, she assists with scheduling and on-campus recruiting, coordinates film exchange and works with MSU's post players.
Jackson had an injury-plaqued playing career at MSU, missing 48 games spanning three seasons due in part to two torn ACLs. Still, Jackson played in 55 games during her career including 23 starts. She averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds, and sank 31 three-pointers during her career.
Jackson played in 13 games as a freshman, averaging 7.5 points before an ACL injury ended her season. She scored a career-best 26 points, sinking 10-of-13 shots including six three-pointers, in a game against Chicago State.
Jackson played in all 32 games, starting 14, during her sophomore season when MSU advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT. She averaged 4.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists, and had four double-digit scoring games.
In 2002-03, Jackson tore an ACL in just the second game of the season, missing the remainder of the season while redshirting.
Last year, Jackson suffered another setback with a partial ligament tear in her right knee just prior to the start of practice, forcing her to miss the first six games of the season. She played in eight games after returning, and served as a team leader on and off the court.
Jackson's various injuries may prove to be a blessing in disguise, as the time spent on the bench and on the sidelines at practices gave her an appreciation for coaching, and helped her develop the necessary skills to move into the coaching profession.
Jackson is a Lansing native, having starred at Lansing Everett High School for four years. She was named fourth-team all-state as a senior when she averaged 11.4 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and was also all-conference and all-area during her final year. She was a three-time team MVP and led her squad to the Class A state championship game.
Jackson received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State in family community services in 2004.
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