Edwardsville native Danny Jackson was hired as the new head coach for the McKendree University baseball program in May 2016.Jackson spent the previous six seasons on the staff at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before being elevated to the role of interim head coach last month for the Cougars.
In his role at SIUE, Jackson has coached third base while also serving as the Cougars’ hitting coach. Under his tutelage in 2015, SIUE batted .302 in Ohio Valley Conference play, which ranked fifth in the league. The Cougars also ranked in the top half of the final conference statistical report in home runs (42), doubles (72) and total bases (538).Over his six seasons, Jackson has coached four OVC All-Freshman team honorees along with a pair of Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America selections.
Before his arrival at SIUE, Jackson spent three years on the coaching staff at Saint Louis University. Jackson coached first base for the Billikens and worked with the team’s hitters, outfielders and corner infielders. He also planned and organized team travel while also coordinating summer tournaments and baseball camps. Jackson helped SLU to 88 victories during that span, including an Atlantic 10 championship in 2010 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Chase Green was hired in July 2016 as assistant baseball coach at McKendree University. Green comes to McKendree after spending one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Green, who was Danny Jackson’s assistant with the Cougars this past spring, will assume the same duties he had at SIUE in tutoring the Bearcats’ hitters and infielders.
Before moving into the coaching ranks, Green enjoyed a stellar playing career at SIUE. He was a four-year starter along the Cougars’ infield, manning the shortstop position for his first two seasons before moving to second base as a junior and senior. Green started 215 games in his SIUE career, which is third on the program’s all-time list. He is the Cougars’ career leader in double plays turned with 120 while he ranks second with 562 career infield assists. At the plate, Green posted 219 hits, which is good for 12th on the SIUE career charts.
The Effingham, Ill., native started all 50 games for the Cougars as a senior in 2015. Green posted a .286 batting average while finishing second on the squad with 59 hits and 34 runs scored. After closing his junior season with a 17-game hit streak, Green hit safely in the Cougars’ first seven games of 2015. The combined 24-game tear tied the school mark for longest hit streak.