Tiffany Jackson Biography

Tiffany Jackson-Jones was an American basketball player and coach who was born on April 26, 1985, and died on October 3, 2022. She was an All-American college basketball player for the Texas Longhorns. Jackson played for the New York Liberty, the Tulsa Shock, and the Los Angeles Sparks in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She also played for Maccabi Ashdod in the Israeli Premier League. Later, she went back to Texas to help coach the Longhorns.


Early life 

He was born on April 26, 1985, in Longview, Texas. She started out in high school at Lincoln High in Dallas. In her sophomore and junior years, she led the school to the Class 4A state championship game both times. Jackson moved to Duncanville, Texas, and went to Duncanville High School. As a senior, he won the Class 5A state title. McDonald’s and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association both called her an All-American.


College career 

Jackson went to college and played basketball for the Texas Longhorns at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004, she was named Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). In 2006, when Jackson was a sophomore in college, he was named a first-team All-American by the USBWA and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press (AP). [7] Both her junior and senior years, the AP named her an honorable mention All-American. She was named all-conference in the Big 12 all four years, and in her last three years, she was named to the first team.


Professional career

In the 2007 WNBA draft, Jackson was picked by the New York Liberty with the fifth overall pick in the first round. Jackson’s first game in the WNBA was on May 20, 2007, against the Chicago Sky. They beat her team 83–71. During her first year in the league, she played more games than anyone else (34). The following year, she came in fourth in total rebound percentage (17.5%) and fifth in defensive rebound percentage (23.6%). The Liberty sent Jackson to the Tulsa Shock on June 14, 2010, in exchange for Plenette Pierson. Jackson had her best professional season in 2011, when she averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Shock. She played in 34 games, which was the most in the league. She was second in minutes played (1152), third in minutes per game (33.9), fourth in total rebounds (286) and rebounds per game (8.4), and fifth in defensive rebounds (186).

Jackson was told she had stage III breast cancer in September 2015, when she was still playing for Tulsa. After getting treatment, Jackson went back to playing for Maccabi Ashdod in the Israeli Premier League, where she had been playing during the offseason of the WNBA since 2013. In February 2017, she signed with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

Jackson re-signed with the Sparks in February 2018.

She had planned to play one more season with Los Angeles, but she quit the WNBA in April 2018 to go back to her alma mater, the University of Texas, and work as an assistant coach on Karen Aston’s staff. Jackson played for Maccabi Ashdod until the year 2020. She led the club to their best finish in the EuroCup in 2015, when they made it to the semifinals. She left the club with multiple league titles.

Coaching career 

Jackson was an assistant coach for Texas for four years. [17] She was named the new head coach at Wiley College in April 2022.

Personal life 

On October 3, 2022, Jackson died of breast cancer. She was 37 years old.