Daniel Jackson was elevated to cornerbacks coach in 2014 after serving as a defensive and recruiting assistant for the Jackrabbit football program the previous two seasons. He has played a key role in SDSU's success on the recruiting trail, especially working in his home state of Nebraska.
During the Jackrabbits’ playoff season in 2012, Jackson helped mentor a secondary that allowed only nine passing touchdowns, while intercepting 13 passes. As a squad, the Jackrabbit defense ranked fourth among Football Championship Subdivision programs for pass efficiency defense at 100.33. SDSU also ranked fifth in scoring defense (16.38 points per game) and eighth in total defense (305.3 yards per game).
SDSU made a return trip to the FCS playoffs in 2013 behind a potent offense and opportunistic defense. The Jackrabbits ranked second nationally with 22 interceptions, including a team-high four pickoffs from cornerbacks Winston Wright and Je Ryan Butler. Wright went on to earn third-team All-America honors from the Sports Network. SDSU also ranked fifth nationally with 33 turnovers forced and a plus-1.1 turnover margin per game.
In addition, the Jackrabbits were the eighth-least penalized team in the country, averaging only 4.36 miscues per game.
During the 2014 campaign, Jackson mentored a group of cornerbacks that included honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection Jimmie Forsythe and Trey Carr, the latter of whom earned a spot on the league's All-Newcomer Team.
Jackson previously was associated with South Dakota State football as a player from 2003-05. The Omaha native was recruited as a linebacker following an all-state career at Omaha Burke High School and played briefly with the Jackrabbits in 2004, recording a pair of tackles. He returned to Omaha to complete a degree at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Jackson’s previous coaching experience included serving as offensive coordinator at Omaha Burke High School. He recently completed a master’s degree in education administration at South Dakota State.