There’s a new coach in town. Rice football is expected to hire UMass assistant Jim Jackson to coach tight ends for the Owls.
First reported by The Athletic, Rice football is expected to hire former UMass run game coordinator Jim Jackson. He’ll coach tight ends for Rice, a position held last year by Chris Monfiletto, who will move to the vacant special team’s coordinator role. That position opened early this offseason when Drew Svoboda left for Memphis.
Jackson comes to Rice following a two-year stint at UMass where he served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Prior to joining the Minutemen, Jackson served as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator at the University of San Diego. His offenses led the way for the Toros, who went 38-2 in his five years on staff, averaging north of 34 points per game.
He takes over the tight ends job previously held by Monfiletto, who was in his first season in an on-field role following a promotion from his role as an offensive quality control assistant. Last fall he helped guide versatile tight end Jordan Myers to one of the most productive seasons of his career in which he led the team in receptions.
Head coach Mike Bloomgren has held a fairly consistent on-field staff during his first three seasons at South Main. The majority of the coaching staff he initially hired when he arrived in December of 2017 is still on staff at this time. Jackson will be the third tight ends coach for Bloomgren.
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