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Lincoln College names new assistant basketball coach

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[AUG. 26, 2005]  Lincoln College has named Eric Jackson of Lincoln the new assistant men's basketball coach. Jackson replaces former assistant Kirk Whiteman of Lincoln, who is pursuing his doctorate degree.

This is Jackson's first year with the Lynx. He was an assistant coach at Lincoln Christian College during the 2004-2005 season. This past spring and summer he coached the Spiece Indy Heat, which achieved the No. 1 ranking among Reebok AAU teams in the nation.

Jackson, a Peoria native, is a graduate of Western Illinois University, where he was a two-year starter and all-conference performer under coach Jack Marganthaler. Jackson was an all-conference, all-region player at Illinois Central College under coach Carroll Herman before going to Western Illinois. After WIU, he played a summer in the NBA Southern California Pro-Summer League in Los Angeles.

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Lincoln College head basketball coach BJ McCullum says Jackson brings a real passion for the game.

"Eric brings his experience as a player, which will be a real asset to the Lynx," McCullum said. "He loves the game of basketball, and his connections with past players and coaches will certainly be a strong benefit for recruiting players to Lincoln College." McCullum said that Jackson has coached and worked individually with some of the top high school players in the country.

Jackson currently lives in Lincoln with his wife, Stacy, and his daughters, Felicia and Amina.

[Lincoln College news release]

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