Jackson Goes to Islanders

The NHL’s New York Islanders have named Jeff Jackson, a two-time national championship coach at Lake Superior State, as an assistant coach.

Jackson, who had been pursuing college coaching jobs again for the past year, will join the staff of Steve Stirling, a one-time coach at Providence who is in his first year with the Islanders.

Jackson won national championships at Lake Superior in 1992 and 1994, and was runner up in 1993. He left after the 1995-96 season to take over the fledgling U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was fired from there after four years, and took a position as head coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm. Jackson spent more than two years in Guelph, before getting fired in the middle of last season.