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Pat Jackson (Builder)

NAME: Pat Jackson

UNIVERSITY: Saskatchewan



YEARS ACTIVE: 1964-1985


  • Saskatchewan women’s basketball head coach (1964-85)

  • Served as University of Saskatchewan’s Athletic Director

  • Canadian senior women’s national team head coach


Pat Jackson was a ground-breaking leader at the University of Saskatchewan, coaching women’s basketball and serving as athletic director.

A graduate of the University of Alberta, Jackson was coach of the Saskatchewan Huskiettes basketball team from 1964 to 1985. During her time patrolling the sidelines she was also named the University of Saskatchewan’s athletic director in 1973, becoming the only women at a major north American institution to hold the position at the time.

In 1978, she became an assistant dean in the College of Physical Education at the U of S. Jackson was also one of founders of the Canadian Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Union, which later joined with the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.

Jackson coached the Huskies in Canada West competition from 1972-73 to 1984-85.

Over those 13 seasons, she won 107 games with her players earning a total of 14 Canada West All-Star selections. In 1982, she led the Huskies during their first appearance at the CIAU championship, in Saskatoon, where they placed sixth in the eight-team field.

Beginning in 1968, Jackson served four years as head coach of the Canadian national women's basketball team and introduced a centralized training the program. In 1971, she coached the Saskatchewan women's basketball team to a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon.

Jackson was inducted into the University of Saskatchewan Hall of Fame in 2001.

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