Scott Jackson, who was the pitching coach at Liberty before spending the past eight seasons at North Carolina, is returning to Liberty as head coach, the university said Sunday.
Jackson has been the hitting and infield coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tar Heels after spending one season at Liberty in 2008. Liberty will introduce Jackson on Monday at 4 p.m. Eastern.
Jackson replaces Jim Toman, who resigned unexpectedly on June 24 after nine seasons.
“Playing at Liberty will be the ultimate experience for our student-athletes--spiritually, academically, socially and athletically,” Jackson said in a news release. “They will be challenged daily, pushed to meet those challenges, encouraged, lifted up and will establish a tremendous sense of pride and ownership in our program.”
In his time at North Carolina, Jackson brought in six recruiting classes ranked in the Top 25, including this season’s group, which ranked No. 16. Among the players recruited to UNC by Jackson were Colin Moran, who was the sixth overall pick in 2013 by the Marlins and now at Triple-A with the Astros.
Prior to his time at Liberty, Jackson spent five seasons as pitching coach at UNC Wilmington. A Campbell graduate, Jackson had a career .268 average in his time with the Camels.
|2016 COACHING CHANGES|
|Alabama||Mitch Gaspard||Greg Goff|
|Alabama State||Mervyl Melendez||Jose Vazquez|
|Appalachian State||Billy Jones||Kermit Smith|
|Army||Matt Reid||Jim Foster|
|Butler||Steve Farley||Dave Schrage|
|Central Florida||Terry Rooney||Greg Lovelady|
|Florida International||Turtle Thomas||Mervyl Melendez|
|Furman||Ron Smith||Brett Harker|
|Jacksonville||Tim Montez||Chris Hayes|
|Kentucky||Gary Henderson||Nick Mingione|
|Lamar||Jim Gilligan (ret.)||Will Davis|
|Liberty||Jim Toman||Scott Jackson|
|Louisiana Tech||Greg Goff||Lane Burroughs|
|Missouri||Tim Jamieson||Steve Bieser|
|Northwestern State||Lane Burroughs||Bobby Barbier|
|Oakland||John Musachio||Jacke Heale, Colin Kaline|
|Purdue||Doug Schreiber||Mark Wasikowski|
|San Jose State||Dave Nakama||Jason Hawkins|
|South Dakota State||Dave Schrage|
|SIU-Edwardsville||Tony Stoecklin||Sean Lyons|
|Southeast Missouri State||Steve Bieser|
|Texas||Augie Garrido||David Pierce|
|Tulane||David Pierce||Travis Jewett|
|Villanova||Joe Godri||Kevin Mulvey|
|Wright State||Greg Lovelady||Jeff Mercer|
|Youngstown State||Steve Gillispie||Dan Bertolini|