Jackson contract extended through 2015


Photo: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

Kevin Jackson coaches Michael England from the sidelines on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Hilton Coliseum. England defeated his opponent, William George, 6-1 in the third period.

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ISU wrestling coach Kevin Jackson has signed a contract extension through 2015, the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Jackson, a former All-American for the Cyclones and Olympic Gold Medalist, put together an impressive turnaround effort for the Cyclones this season, going 11-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12 after winning just four matches all of last season.

The Cyclones placed second in the Big 12 this season under Jackson, the best finish for the team since the 2009-10 season, which was his first year as coach.

Jackson has coached three NCAA champions during his tenure thus far, and has a chance of increasing that number at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines next week. The Cyclones received six automatic bids to wrestle at the tournament, and have a chance at a seventh as the at-large bids are being announced later.

The full terms of Jackson’s contract will be available at a later date.