South Carolina Gamecocks expected to name Paul Jackson new strength coach
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Gamecocks make Paul Jackson hiring official

The Gamecocks have their new strength and conditioning coach.

Paul Jackson's contract to be South Carolina's Director of Football Strength and Conditioning was approved Tuesday morning by South Carolina's Executive and Governance committee and is now official.

GamecockCentral.com reported on Tuesday morning that Jackson was expected to be named as Will Muschamp's newest football assistant.

"Paul has worked for and with a several people that I have a lot of respect for and he comes highly recommended," coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. "He did an outstanding job on his interview and I'm excited to have Paul become part of our staff."

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The proposed contract is a two-year deal with Jackson set to make $450,000 with a $300,000 base salary with $150,000 guaranteed outside compensation.

Jackson's salary would be tied for fifth in the SEC in terms of strength coach compensation with Tennessee, Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU paying more.

By comparison, Jeff Dillman made $425,000 annually.

Jackson spent the last eight seasons at Ole Miss where he held the same title under head coaches Hugh Freeze and Matt Luke.

Jackson replaces Jeff Dillman, who was Muschamp's strength and conditioning coach for all four seasons in Columbia and three of his four seasons at Florida.

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Jackson joined the Ole Miss staff after spending 2011 at Southern Miss, where he oversaw the strength and conditioning for the entire USM athletics department with direct responsibility over football.

Jackson arrived in Hattiesburg after serving in 2010 as the Director of Athletic Conditioning for Football at Miami (Ohio).

More on Jackson from his official Ole Miss bio:

From 2007-10, Jackson served as an assistant strength coach at LSU, working directly with the Tigers football and volleyball teams. While working for the Tigers, Jackson worked under and was mentored by strength and conditioning legend Tommy Moffitt.

A native of White Plains, New York, Jackson got his start in the business as a Professional Intern Strength Coach with the NFL’s New York Giants. He also spent time as a Performance Enhancement Specialist at the Parisi Speed School in Garwood, New Jersey, where the focus is sport-specific speed and agility training as well as combine prep.

He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

During his college days at Montclair State (N.J.), Jackson lettered in football, spending time at both fullback and linebacker. He earned a B.S. in physical education in 2006 and later received an M.S. in kinesiology from LSU in 2009.

He is married to the former Kristina Hull, who played softball at Georgia Tech and has been a Winter Olympic hopeful in the skeleton. The couple met when they were both on the strength and conditioning staff at LSU.

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