Bear Insider Video: Cal S&C Coach Jordan Jackson


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Aug 10, 2017
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New Cal S&C Coach Jordan Jackson
With the departure of former Cal strength and conditioning coach Nicodemus Christopher following Cuonzo Martin to Missouri, a new S&C sheriff is in town in newcomer Jordan Jackson in a move from UCLA to Cal.

The energetic Jackson gets right in there with his players, lifting and doing cardio work and yoga with his new charges in Berkeley.

The Philadelphia native likes what he sees with Cal's roster, both in the weight room and on the court, citing the big strides each of the players on the roster have made in their strength, improved cardio and good weight and muscle added to their frames.

With the high tempo offense and pressure defense that new head coach Wyking Jones plans to run, those strides are imperative with the Bears' young squad and could be the difference between a major dropoff from last season and a competitive team that might surprise many in 2017.

Jackson has had around six weeks to implement his S&C program and is already seeing impressive results from his new charges.

"Great strides, great strides, especially from the freshmen," said Jackson. "We've seen guys like Juhwan Harris-Dyson, who's already put on like eight pounds. Or Austin McCullough, who's already put on 10 pounds. He came in at 189 and is around 200 now, so that's a good thing. Kinglsey is down weight and is moving better and progressing a lot."

Senior forward Marcus Lee has also made good progress. Jackson noted that Lee's gone from 217 at his arrival to 225 -a weight he view's as the optimal weight for the senior post to maintain his quickness with added strength.

"He's explosive and athletic, so you don't want to put too much mass on him," said Jackson. "You don't want him to slow down at all or not be as explosive.

With NCAA rules limiting the amount of times the coaching staff can spend with players on the floor in the summer, as the strength and conditioning coach, Jackson gets to spend a good deal of time with the players during on-court workouts and scrimmages. 

Despite so many new faces transitioning into the program, he likes what he's seen so far.

"My impressions are good," said Jackson. "I'm expecting big things from Juhwan. I'm expecting a lot from Austin and Justice Sueing. The freshman have been great.

"Juhwan and Justice -they came in with high-level college lower bodies already. Big legs, strong, powerful legs. We just need to work on upper body a little bit more. So that's been our focus with those two guys."

To hear more from Jackson on his background, coaching philosophy and transition to Cal, use the embedded viewer below: 




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