Duke assistant women's basketball coach Candice M. Jackson has accepted an offer to become the head basketball coach at the College of Charleston, pending background approval by the school's human resource department.
Jackson would replace Natasha Adair, who compiled a 35-31 mark in two seasons with the Cougars, and left to become the head coach at Georgetown earlier this month.
Jackson, 31, has been an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke University for the past three seasons under head coach Joanne McCallie. Jackson's primary responsibility was the Blue Devil guards and was a part of Duke's back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2012 and 2013.
"It wasn't an easy decision to leave Duke, but after getting on campus, I knew if I was offered the job I would take it," Jackson said. "It's an unbelievable opportunity for me and I can't wait to get started."
Jackson and Adair were assistant coaches together at Wake Forest.
"Natasha and I are very good friends and I picked her brain before I came to Charleston for a visit," Jackson said. "I know what she's built here. She has done a great job. I think our styles are very similar. We both like to push the ball up the floor and play great defense."
Jackson, who also was an assistant coach at the University of Richmond, helped Duke sign three consecutive highly ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2012. She is a former guard who played at Michigan State from 2000-04 and was McCallie's first recruit as the Spartans head coach.
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