South Carolina hires former SEC West assistant as strength and conditioning coach
South Carolina has reportedly hired a new strength and conditioning coach to replace Jeff Dillman, who was let go after the regular season.
Multiple reports, including from Mike Gillespie, suggest Paul Jackson, formerly of Ole Miss, is the new hire as the Board of Trustees met this morning to officially approve the addition. Jackson played fullback and linebacker at Montclair State (N.J.), and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2006 and a master’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2009.
Jackson was at Ole Miss for eight years, and previously was at Southern Miss, Miami of Ohio and LSU.
A native of White Plains, New York, Jackson got his start in the business as a Professional Intern Strength Coach with the NFL’s New York Giants. He also worked at a facility in New Jersey that focused on sport-specific speed and agility training as well as combine prep.
He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
GamecockCentral reported that Jackson’s proposed contract is a two-year deal with Jackson set to make $450,000 with a $300,000 base salary with $150,000 guaranteed outside compensation.
Jackson’s salary would be tied for fifth in the SEC in terms of strength coach compensation with Tennessee, Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU paying more. By comparison, Jeff Dillman made $425,000 annually.