For over 30 years Terry Jackson used
sports to teach life’s lessons. He
led the men’s soccer team for 31 years (1968-1998). And for 23 of those he was also head coach of
Terry attended Springfield College
and earned his BA and M. Ed in 1960 and 1961 respectively. . He was named an All-American fullback in soccer
and was part of Springfield’s 1957 National Championship squad. Before
Wesleyan, Terry coached at Indiana University and Moravian College
Terry’s Wesleyan’s soccer teams won
two ECAC New England Division III titles, the first in 1980 behind a 12-2 record
and the second in 1991 when the Cardinals posted a record of 15-1-1.
Those 15 wins are still the most by a Wesleyan men’s soccer team through
the 2009 campaign. That year Terry was named Regional Coach of the Year
by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). . His
cumulative Wesleyan record in soccer was 209-163-39.
In 1994, Terry led the men’s
lacrosse team to a spot in the ECAC New England Division III title game with an
11-6 record. The 11 victories were the most by a Cardinal lax team during
the team’s first 40 years of varsity play.
Terry also served generously in
national organizations during his coaching career. He is a past-president of
the NSCAA and also headed the NSCAA All-America selection committee for five
years. He is also a past-president of the New England Intercollegiate
Soccer League (NEISL). Terry received the Honor Award from both the NSCAA
and the NEISL in 1993 and was also inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of
Fame and the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.