Kolby Jackson enters his fifth year on the Fighting Illini staff in 2014, moving to the defensive side of the ball after spending the past four on offense. Jackson spent 2012 and '13 as Illinois' special teams and offensive graduate assistant and was the Illini's offensive quality control coach in 2010 and '11, including coaching the Illini's receivers in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. In 2012, Jackson also worked with the Illini running backs.
In his current role, Jackson assists defensive coordinator Tim Banks with the defensive backs and also works with special teams coordinator Tim Salem in all aspects of special teams.
As Illinois' offensive quality control coach in 2010-11, Jackson assisted with coaching the receivers and assisted in game planning, scouting reports and directing the scout team. The 2010 Illini offense broke the school records for points per game and total points and Illinois won bowl games in consecutive years in 2010-11 for the first time in school history.
Jackson came to Illinois in 2010 after coaching receivers and running backs at Champaign Centennial High School and spending one season (2009) as a business development support intern for the St. Louis Rams in 2008-09.
Jackson played one season at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2004 before transferring to the University of Illinois and graduating magna cum laude with a degree in recreation, sport and tourism, and a minor in business administration in 2008. He completed a master's degree in sport management in May 2012.
Updated July 2014