After a successful professional career that saw her achieve a top 50 ranking, Jamea Jackson has turned her attention to the coaching ranks, entering her fourth year in the Oklahoma State women's program as its assistant coach.
In 2012, Jackson helped coach the Cowgirls to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade and their 14th overall. She also had a hand in OSU history as the Cowgirls defeated No. 6 Texas, 4-3.
In her time at OSU, she has assisted the Cowgirls to an overall 33-36 record with 11 of those wins coming from the 2011-12 season.
Jackson is quickly making a name for herself among the coaching ranks. In addition to her impressive playing career, Jackson has served as the USTA Women's Collegiate Summer Team coach in 2011 and 2010, where she worked with 12 of the top collegiate athletes from around the country. She also helped head coach Chris Young guide Oklahoma State to its best finish in three years in 2010.
Jackson completed a successful professional playing career that saw her rise as high as No. 45 in the world rankings in 2006 and compete in all four of the sport's grand slams. That same year, she represented the United States as a member of its Federation Cup Team. Jackson won both of her singles matches to help the American squad to victory over Germany.
The 2006 campaign also saw Jackson reach her first WTA Tour final where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in the title match of the DFS Classic.
In 2005, Jackson cracked the top 100 in the WTA rankings for the first time in her career, finishing the season ranked No. 75.
In Grand Slam events, Jackson made 11 appearances, including second-round showings at Wimbledon in 2005 and 2006. In addition, Jackson competed in the 2006 Australian Open, the French Open in 2006 and 2007, as well as the U.S. Open every year from 2004 through 2008.
Jackson won two tournament titles during her professional career, claiming victories in 2004 at the ITF's stop in Tucson and in 2003 at the tour's event in Dallas. The young athlete also reached the finals at the Birmingham event in 2006 and was a three-time quarterfinalist on the ITF Circuit during her career.
She finished her professional career with 77 singles victories as well as seven doubles wins.
The 24-year-old Jackson owns career wins over several players ranked among the top 50 in the world, including Jelena Jankovic, Marion Bartoli and Maria Sharapova.
A native of Atlanta, she attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Jackson's father, Ernest, was a cornerback in the NFL, playing for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions.