Shirelle Jackson joined the University of Miami Athletics Department staff as the Director of Student-Athlete Development in March 2014. Jackson spent the previous five years in various capacities in the College of Arts and Sciences at UM.
The Director of Student-Athlete Development is a new position that is intended to enhance the athletic department’s efforts to develop programming that will enhance the total development of our student-athletes.
Prior to arriving at UM, Shirelle was the Director of Athletic Academic Support Services from 2005-08 at FIU, where she oversaw the management and operation of the school’s academic support program for its 400 student-athletes. She also coordinated the academic and personal advising, class registration, tutors, study hall and study skills workshops. During her tenure at FIU, she saw her full-time staff increase to six and the student-athlete graduation rate improved by 16 percent.
She was the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Services for 11 months at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her first athletics position was as Assistant AD for Student Development from August 2002-July 2004 at Eastern Connecticut State.
Jackson was a four-year letterwinner for the women’s track and field team at Bowling Green. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green in 1994 and her master’s degree in counseling from Central Connecticut State in 1998. She is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education leadership at Nova Southeastern in Davie.
She is married to Jason Jackson, who is the television host and courtside reporter for Miami HEAT telecasts on Sun Sports. The couple has two children – Justin and Jordan.