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Jordan Jackson is the new Cal basketball strength coach

Cal goes outside to build their strength program.

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The California Golden Bears went to USC football to find their latest strength coach for the football team in Torre Becton. So why not go to UCLA basketball to find their hoops strength coach? Meet Jordan Jackson!

Jackson has served the last two seasons as the assistant athletic performance coach for both UCLA basketball programs, men and women for the last two seasons. Jackson also oversaw the nutrition program at UCLA, along with designing workouts for improving speed, agility, acceleration, power and flexibility.

Jackson joins a Cal basketball coaching staff that includes head coach Wyking Jones and assistants Tim O’Toole, Theo Robertson, and Chris Walker. Jackson replaces Nicodemus Christopher, who followed Cuonzo Martin to Missouri.

More on Jackson from the press release from

"Jordan has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to strength and conditioning and nutrition," Jones said. "His energy, attention to detail and ability to connect with our student-athletes makes him a tremendous addition to our program."

Prior to his stint in Westwood, Jackson was an assistant sports performance coach at Cal State Northridge, working under the director of sports performance to develop offseason fitness programs for the CSUN basketball squad and creating individual conditioning program's for women's basketball.

A military veteran, Jackson served as an assistant command fitness leader with the United States Navy for nearly five years, working in both Nevada and Bahrain. He conducted daily physical training sessions for all command personnel and CPR trained more than 60 military members.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity that Coach Jones has given me here at Cal. I'm excited to work with this program and be a part of their athletic development, as well as their development toward becoming well-rounded young men," Jackson said.

Jackson owns several certifications, including as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an ACSM Corrective Exercise Specialist and as an NASE Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist, as well as CPR and AED certifications from the American Health Care Academy.