Larry Jackson returned to Texas A&M to serve as Director of Football Sports Performance in 2012. Jackson, a former standout member of the Wrecking Crew, manages all aspects of the strength & conditioning program for the Aggies and earned Master Strength and Conditioning Coach status in 2013. He also serves as the team’s NFL liaison.
Jackson, a linebacker and defensive end at A&M from 1991-94, is intent on restoring the prestigious reputation A&M’s football program enjoyed regionally and nationally when he was a player in Aggieland.
His effect on the team’s conditioning was immediately felt as the Aggies reversed their 2011 trend of losing double-digit halftime leads. A&M is 18-2 when leading at halftime in Jackson’s two seasons with the Aggies.
He returned to his alma mater after spending the previous six years as the University of Houston’s Director of Sports Performance. He also spent two years at Oklahoma, where he served as an assistant strength coach working specifically with football. Prior to his time at OU, Jackson worked six seasons at A&M in the same capacity.
As a student-athlete at A&M, Jackson played in four bowl games, including three straight Cotton Bowls. He concluded his collegiate career by participating in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game. During his time at A&M, the Aggies compiled a 42-2-1 regular-season record and never lost a game at Kyle Field. After graduation, Jackson spent four seasons playing with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins (1995-97) and the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 1998.
Jackson honed his strength and conditioning skills under the tutelage of two legends in the industry: Jerry Schmidt (Oklahoma) and Mike Clark (Kansas City Chiefs, formerly at Texas A&M).
As the leader of the Houston strength and conditioning program, Jackson turned UH into a prolific second-half team. His impact at UH was immediate during the 2006 season, his first with the Cougars. The ’06 Cougars outscored opponents by 86 points in the second half en route to winning the Conference USA title. In 2007, Jackson’s influence became even more apparent, as the Cougars controlled the fourth quarter, outscoring their opposition by 47 points.
That pales in comparison to the fourthquarter success Houston enjoyed in 2008. UH dominated foes in the fourth quarter, when the Cougars scored 104 points more than their opponents. The 2008 Cougars were actually outscored in the first half of their games by four points. The fourth quarter was both the offense’s most productive (173 points scored), and the defense’s stingiest (69 points allowed).
The 2009 season was no different with UH outscoring opponents by 29 points during the fourth quarter. That trend continued, and the 2011 Cougars outscored foes 348-147 in the second half.
Jackson has coached numerous highprofile football players including the 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Adrian Peterson, 2003 Heisman Trophy Winner, Jason White and 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel.
Jackson is a member of the following organizations: American Football CoachesAssociation (AFCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He holds current certifications with both the CSCCA and the NSCA.
Larry Noble Jackson resides in College Station with his wife, Amy and two daughters, Kate and Abby.