Larry Jackson enters his sixth season as the Cougars' director of sports performance. In his role, he oversees all aspects of Houston's revamped 16,500-square-foot weight room and supervises the strength and conditioning programs for all sports.
He coached with current head coach Kevin Sumlin at both Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma before joining the Cougars in January 2006. Jackson has coached numerous high-profile football players including 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson and 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White.
After working with two of the leading strength and conditioning coaches in Oklahoma's Jerry Schmidt and Mike Clark of the Kansas City Chiefs and Texas A&M, Jackson has helped turn the Cougars into a prolific second-half team. His impact at UH became clear during his first season in 2006. Houston outscored its opponents by 23 points in the fourth quarter alone and by 86 points in the second half on the way to winning the Conference USA championship.
In 2007, the Cougars outscored their opponents by 47 points during the final 15 minutes.
The Cougars continually improved as games wore on in 2008. Houston scored 173 points in the fourth quarter alone that season while the defense allowed the fewest with only 69 points allowed.
Under Jackson's watch, the Cougars continued that trend in 2009, outscoring opponents by 29 during the fourth quarter.
Jackson joined Houston from Oklahoma where he spent two seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with football.
Prior to his stint at OU, he worked six seasons at his alma mater in the same capacity.
As a student-athlete at Texas A&M, Jackson played in four bowl games, including three straight Cotton Bowls. He ended his collegiate career by competing in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game.
Following his graduation from Texas A&M in 1995, Jackson spent four seasons playing in the NFL and NFL Europe.
He is a member of the following organizations: American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCAA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Jackson holds current certifications with both the CSCAA and the NSCA He lives in the Houston area with his wife, Amy, and daughters, Kate and Abby.
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