Jackson receives two-year contract extension

Kevin Jackson, head coach of the wrestling program, talks about tightening up the team and filling out the weights to create a strong team for the upcoming season. The first home wrestling meet is Saturday Nov. 8.

Beau Berkley

ISU wrestling coach Kevin Jackson has signed a new contract extension through 2018, according to a release from the athletic department. Jackson, an Olympic gold medalist and former All-American for Iowa State, just completed his sixth season as head coach for the Cyclones.

Jackson’s sixth season proved to be one of the best that the ISU wrestling program has seen since Jackson’s inaugural season in 2009-10, as his squad finished with an 11-2 dual record, as well as the team’s first national champion in Kyven Gadson, the first wrestler to win a championship since Jon Reader in 2011. 

“The progress made this season was a positive indicator for the future of Iowa State wrestling,” said David Harris, who is currently the active director of athletics while Jamie Pollard recovers from triple bypass surgery. “We are committed to helping Kevin build and sustain a nationally prominent program and we are excited about the prospects for the future.”