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Jackson to retire as Head Men’s Tennis Coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After 38 seasons as an SEC head coach, including the past nine seasons with the Razorbacks, Andy Jackson will retire from his position as the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Arkansas, effective June 30, 2022.

“It has been an honor to serve as the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Arkansas for the past nine seasons,” Jackson said. “In that time, I have had the pleasure of working with some truly outstanding young men and watch them achieve some incredible things on and off the court. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of such a tremendous program. I wish continued success to our student-athletes and all those affiliated with the Razorback Tennis program.”

Jackson is completing his ninth full season at the University of Arkansas, after joining the program in June 2013. While the Razorbacks’ team season has come to a conclusion, Jackson will coach senior Alex Reco, who will compete in the singles draw at the 2022 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament, May 23-28, 2022, in Champaign, Illinois.

In his tenure in Fayetteville, Jackson led the Razorbacks to a 119-118 dual match record, including a 15-14 mark this season. Arkansas made three NCAA team appearances during his tenure, making the tournament draw in 2017, 2018 and 2021.

Prior to Arkansas, Jackson was a head coach at Florida and Mississippi State. Jackson has a career record of 615-353 in 38 total seasons. He led his teams to the NCAA Tournament 25 times, including 20 NCAA Round of 16 appearances, seven NCAA quarterfinal appearances and three NCAA semifinal appearances.

In his career, Jackson led his squads to 25 final top-25 finishes, including 13 top-10 finishes. Jackson led his teams to three SEC regular season titles and three SEC Tournament titles. He is the only men’s tennis coach to win an SEC title at two different schools. Jackson was named SEC Coach of the Year three times.

“I am appreciative of the leadership Andy has provided to our men’s tennis program,” Yurachek said. “As we met to review the program following the regular season, Andy informed me that he would be retiring from coaching following the season. Throughout his tenure, Coach Jackson has made a meaningful difference in the lives of our men’s tennis student-athletes. His student-athletes have represented the University of Arkansas well in the classroom, on the court and in the community. I am grateful for his many contributions to the Razorback program and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Yurachek announced a national search for the next head coach of the Razorback men’s tennis program will begin immediately.

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