Hue Jackson, a proponent of the West Coast offense, is in his fourth year at USC as offensive coordinator. He also works with USC’s quarterbacks. Hired in December of 1996, he coached the Trojan quarterbacks in 1997, then the running backs in 1998 and 1999 before returning to the quarterbacks in 2000.
A story in the Jan. 24, 2000 issue of The Sporting News listed Jackson among the 6 "best recruiters" in the nation.
In 1999, tailback Chad Morton hit the 1,000-yard rushing barrier for the 21st time in Trojan history. The 1998 Trojans squad played in the Sun Bowl.
He led California’s high-powered offense in 1996 as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Under Jackson, the 1996 Golden Bears averaged 457.6 yards of total offense (No. 2 in the Pac-10) and led the league in passing offense (321.5). Cal quarterback Pat Barnes (who was a fourth round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs) led the Pac-10 in total offense and passing efficiency. California won the 1996 Aloha Bowl.
Jackson, 34, has 13 years of coaching experience. Before his season at California, he spent 4 years (1992-95) at Arizona State. He was ASU’s running backs coach for the first 3 years (1992-94), where he coached future NFL second rounder Mario Bates, then he handled the Sun Devil quarterbacks in 1995 as Jake Plummer—a future second round NFL draft selection by the Arizona Cardinals—was an All-Pac-10 first teamer.
Jackson began his coaching career in 1987 at Pacific, his alma mater. He spent 3 years (1987-89) there, the first 2 working for future USC assistant Bob Cope. After serving as a Tiger graduate assistant working with the tight ends in 1987, he became the wide receivers coach in 1988 and the running backs coach in 1989. He also worked with the special teams while at Pacific.
For the next 2 years (1990-91), he was the running backs coach and special teams coach at Cal State Fullerton. Between those 2 seasons, in the spring of 1991, he coached the running backs, receivers and special teams for the World League’s inaugural year champion London Monarchs.
Jackson also held 3 NFL summer coaching internships, in 1990 with the Los Angeles Rams (working with ex-USC coach John Robinson), 1992 with the Phoenix Cardinals and 1995 with the Washington Redskins.
Jackson was a standout quarterback at Pacific under Cope in 1985 and 1986, throwing for 2,544 yards and 19 TDs in his career. As a senior, he passed for 1,455 yards and rushed for 417 yards. As a junior, he threw for 1,089 yards (52.3% completions) and ran for another 502 yards. He also lettered in basketball at Pacific in 1986. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Pacific in 1987.
He starred in football at Glendale (Calif.) Community College in 1983 and 1984, where he earned his associate’s degree in 1984. He prepped at Dorsey High in Los Angeles.
Born Oct. 22, 1965, he and his wife, Michelle, have 2 daughters, Jordyn, 6, and Baylee, 3.