Beth Jackson is in her 10th season as the head coach of the Henderson State softball team.
Since her arrival to Henderson, Jackson has guided her teams to eight conference tournaments, including six-straight Great American Conference Tournament appearances.
In her nine seasons at Henderson, Jackson has compiled a 243-253 record including leading the 2015 Reddies to a 43-15 record, the most wins in school history, and the GAC title.
Jackson has coached 36 all-conference players, nine of which have earned multiple all-conference recognition. Six players have earned All-Region, with Ashlyn White and Sarah Gipson earning All-American honors.
Jackson recorded her 200th win on March 20, 2016 with a 6-2 victory over Arkansas-Monticello. The Reddies would finish the season with a 35-26 record including series sweeps over UAM and Southwestern Oklahoma. Henderson upset 8th-ranked Arkansas Tech 6-0 in the GAC Tournament and go finish third.
Six Reddies earned All-GAC honors, with Ashlyn White and Kiersten Seahorn garnering all-region honors while White became Henderson’s first player to earn First-Team NFCA All-American honors.
In 2015, Henderson State claimed its first-ever conference championship as the Reddies won the Great American Conference regular-season title.
After finishing as GAC Tournament runners-up, the Reddies earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Central Regional. In Henderson’s first-ever NCAA Tournament, the Reddies advanced to the NCAA Central Region II championship game.
Jackson earned GAC Coach of the Year honors, while Sarah Gipson earned Player of the Year honors and Michelle Sorensen being named Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. A total of four Reddies earned All-GAC honors with four players being named to the first-team.
The 2014 Reddies recorded a 31-25 overall record and a 24-16 conference play to place third in the league standings.
Henderson State also went on to finish in third-place in the GAC Tournament and five players earned All-GAC honors.
In 2013, the Reddies advanced to the GAC Tournament championship recording a win over Arkansas Tech and a pair of victories over East Central. Henderson also recorded a pair of wins over No. 2 nationally-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma earlier in the season.
Jackson, who is the first female to lead the Reddie softball program, was acting head softball coach at Nashville High School (Nashville, Ark.) before coming to Henderson. Prior to her appointment at Nashville, Jackson spent a year at Arkansas Tech University as an assistant coach.
While at ATU, Jackson’s responsibilities included handling the pitchers and outfielders, calling pitches in-game, recruiting, handling team travel, supervising weight training and conditioning workouts as well as daily administrative duties.
Before her time at Tech, Jackson spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Alabama working under Coach Jeremy Reece from 2004 to 2006.
Her primary role at UNA was working with the pitching staff as well as recruiting.
Jackson later earned her master’s degree in health promotion and human performance in May of 2006.
Collegiately, Jackson ended her playing career at perennial powerhouse the University of Alabama-Huntsville where she lettered one year and earned Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. While at UAH, Jackson played for legendary coach Les Stuedeman, and helped lead the Chargers to a GSC Championship in 2003 and an NCAA Regional appearance that same year.
Jackson would go on to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in December of 2003.
Prior to her time at UAH, Jackson spent two years at Jefferson State Community College where she earned NJCAA All-Region and All-American honors. In 2001, Jackson was named the Alabama Community College Conference Player of the Year.
Jackson and her husband Kyle have two children, Claire and Presley.