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 lacrosse (1974-96.
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.