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Greg Jackson
Assistant Secondary Coach

BIOGRAPHY

Greg Jackson is in his fourth season as secondary coach for the 49ers.

Working alongside secondary coach Ed Donatell, San Francisco’s secondary allowed just 221.0 passing yards per game in 2013, ranking 4th in the NFC and 7th in the NFL. The secondary accounted for 14 interceptions, ranking t-7th in the NFL and t-3rd in the NFC. Rookie S Eric Reid was selected to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first 49ers rookie safety to be selected to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.

Jackson helped guide the 49ers to the best pass defense in the NFC and the fourth-best in the NFL, in 2012, allowing just 200.2 yards per game. That total is the lowest given up by the 49ers since 1997 (165.4 yards per game). The 49ers secondary also boasted two Pro Bowl selections (S Donte Whitner and S Dashon Goldson) and a First-Team All-Pro (Goldson).

In 2011, the 49ers secondary tallied 22 interceptions, which ranked second among all NFL secondaries. Goldson and CB Carlos Rogers each recorded a career-high six interceptions, and were both selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers. Rogers was named a starter in Hawaii, while also being selected Second-Team All-Pro. The defense finished the season ranked fourth in the NFL in percentage of pass attempts intercepted (3.9).

Jackson joined San Francisco after having spent eight years coaching in the collegiate ranks. In 2010, he was the nickel back/assistant linebackers coach for a University of Wisconsin team that finished the year ranked seventh in the nation with an 11-2 record.

Prior to joining the Badgers, Jackson coached at Tulane University, serving as the linebackers/kickoff team coach (2009), the safeties/kickoff team coach (2008) and the defensive backs coach (2007). Jackson spent three seasons as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe (2004-06), where he coached All-Sun Belt Conference defensive back Chris Harris, who led the country with seven interceptions, in 2004. He also spent one year as the defensive backs coach for the University of Idaho (2003).  

Jackson enjoyed a 12-year career as a NFL safety. He originally entered the league as a third-round draft choice of the New York Giants in 1989, with whom he played until 1993. Jackson then went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-95), New Orleans Saints (1996) and San Diego Chargers (1997-2000). He was a teammate of 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh during his final two years with the Chargers. In his career, Jackson played in 168 games (129 starts) and registered 32 interceptions.

Jackson enjoyed a productive collegiate career at LSU from 1985-88, helping the Tigers to a combined 36-10-2 record over that span. LSU won the Southeastern Conference championships in 1986 and 1988, and played in bowl game every year.

Jackson, a safety, was a first-team All-American in 1988, leading the nation with seven interceptions. His 219 interception return yards is the second-highest single-season total in SEC history.

A native of Miami, FL, Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications broadcasting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in 2004.

Jackson and his wife, Dina, have two children, Greg Jr. and Jayden, while his oldest son, Jamal, is a football student-athlete at Appalachian State University.

Greg Jackson is in his fourth season as secondary coach for the 49ers.

Working alongside secondary coach Ed Donatell, San Francisco’s secondary allowed just 221.0 passing yards per game in 2013, ranking 4th in the NFC and 7th in the NFL. The secondary accounted for 14 interceptions, ranking t-7th in the NFL and t-3rd in the NFC. Rookie S Eric Reid was selected to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first 49ers rookie safety to be selected to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.

Jackson helped guide the 49ers to the best pass defense in the NFC and the fourth-best in the NFL, in 2012, allowing just 200.2 yards per game. That total is the lowest given up by the 49ers since 1997 (165.4 yards per game). The 49ers secondary also boasted two Pro Bowl selections (S Donte Whitner and S Dashon Goldson) and a First-Team All-Pro (Goldson).

In 2011, the 49ers secondary tallied 22 interceptions, which ranked second among all NFL secondaries. Goldson and CB Carlos Rogers each recorded a career-high six interceptions, and were both selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers. Rogers was named a starter in Hawaii, while also being selected Second-Team All-Pro. The defense finished the season ranked fourth in the NFL in percentage of pass attempts intercepted (3.9).

Jackson joined San Francisco after having spent eight years coaching in the collegiate ranks. In 2010, he was the nickel back/assistant linebackers coach for a University of Wisconsin team that finished the year ranked seventh in the nation with an 11-2 record.

Prior to joining the Badgers, Jackson coached at Tulane University, serving as the linebackers/kickoff team coach (2009), the safeties/kickoff team coach (2008) and the defensive backs coach (2007). Jackson spent three seasons as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe (2004-06), where he coached All-Sun Belt Conference defensive back Chris Harris, who led the country with seven interceptions, in 2004. He also spent one year as the defensive backs coach for the University of Idaho (2003).  

Jackson enjoyed a 12-year career as a NFL safety. He originally entered the league as a third-round draft choice of the New York Giants in 1989, with whom he played until 1993. Jackson then went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-95), New Orleans Saints (1996) and San Diego Chargers (1997-2000). He was a teammate of 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh during his final two years with the Chargers. In his career, Jackson played in 168 games (129 starts) and registered 32 interceptions.

Jackson enjoyed a productive collegiate career at LSU from 1985-88, helping the Tigers to a combined 36-10-2 record over that span. LSU won the Southeastern Conference championships in 1986 and 1988, and played in bowl game every year.

Jackson, a safety, was a first-team All-American in 1988, leading the nation with seven interceptions. His 219 interception return yards is the second-highest single-season total in SEC history.

A native of Miami, FL, Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications broadcasting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in 2004.

Jackson and his wife, Dina, have two children, Greg Jr. and Jayden, while his oldest son, Jamal, is a football student-athlete at Appalachian State University.

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