Tia Jackson, a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa, joined the Bruin staff in July of 2000 after spending 1999 as an assistant coach at Stanford. Jackson serves as UCLA's recruiting coordinator.
From 1996-97 to 1998-1999, Jackson was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her primary responsibilities were on-and off-campus recruiting, scouting, conditioning and on-court coaching. Following the 1996-97 season at VCU, Jackson spent the summer playing professionally in the WNBA in its inaugural season. She was the ninth pick overall in the draft and played in 28 games that season for the Phoenix Mercury. She averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds but was unable to continue her career due to injury.
At Iowa, she helped lead the Hawkeyes to four Top 25 final rankings in the five seasons she played for coach Vivian Stringer. During her junior season, she helped Iowa, 27-4 that season, to a berth in the 1993 Final Four and earned NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament honors. Jackson completed her career at Iowa ranked 10th on the all-time school list for rebounds with 507 and seventh in steals with 168. She averaged 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Jackson earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior at Mardela Springs, MD High School. She totaled 3,108 points during her prep career.