The University of Arkansas at Monticello and head football coach Hud Jackson have inked a multi-year contract.
Jackson, coming off a 5-6 record in his ninth season at UAM, will coach the Weevils for at least two more seasons, according to a news release announcing the new contract.
“In evaluating the UAM football program, what Coach Jackson has done during his time, especially the last two years, has put the football program on the right path for future success,” UAM Athletics Director Padraic McMeel said in the news release. “We went to the postseason two years ago for the first time in 25 years and this year, we came up short on a couple of games that would have provided a winning season. As I have talked with all of our coaches, success is more than just winning ball games, it is about the process and are we making strides on a daily basis. I believe Hud has this program moving in the right direction and I am excited to work with him and his staff to continue providing our student-athletes with the best experience possible at UAM.”
Jackson, who just completed his ninth season at UAM, led the Weevils to a 5-6 overall record and a 4-1 home record. UAM was one of the top rushing teams in the Great American Conference and had All-GAC postseason awards including GAC Freshman of the Year.
“This contract is our way of showing our appreciation for all Coach Jackson has accomplished with our football program, but it’s about more than just wins and losses,” UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Hughes said in the news release. “It’s about the type of young men he has brought to his program and the campus. It’s about doing things the right way, on the field and in the classroom. And it’s about a young coach and his family who are assets to the university and the community. We hope to keep him for a long time.”
In the last nine seasons, Jackson has become UAM’s second-winningest coach in UAM history with 34 wins. He also helped the Weevil program earn its 400th win in program history since the team’s inception in 1911 and guided six All-American honorees, nine All-Region selections and 41 All-GAC athletes. Five of Jackson’s former players have also gone on to play at the next level including Erik Croker (NFL), Jalen Tolliver (NFL), D.J. Stephens (AFL), Cole Sears (CFL) and Keith Reynolds (CFL).
“I am beyond grateful to be signing a multi-year contract. UAM and Monticello have become home for me and my family,” Jackson said. “I appreciate Dr. Hughes and Padraic seeing the improvement in our program over years. I do understand that we are expected to win and that is my expectation as well. We are on a journey here. We do have to overcome here but we are close, and my staff and I are really excited about where we are headed. UAM is showing it is committed to us and it will help us to recruit as well. I can’t wait to move forward and continue the development of our student-athletes into men who will represent their families, our program and our university with pride, and a strong will.”
UAM video of a press conference announcing the new contract: