Hired in advance of the team’s offseason training program in 2010 as strength and conditioning assistant, Thadeus Jackson enters his eighth season with the Packers. His primary duties include designing, organizing and executing strength and conditioning procedures, as well as assisting with practice and the defensive staff on gamedays.
Prior to coming to the Packers, Jackson spent 2009 as the head strength and conditioning coach at Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.), the same school where he started his career. He developed all strength and conditioning and speed programs for the football team, and also assisted with the on-field coaching of the wide receivers.
Jackson started his career in sports at Hinds as a student athletic trainer from 2000-2001, working with the football, baseball, track and field, and basketball teams. He also assisted with the strength and conditioning program, specifically offseason workouts. During his first stint at Hinds, he worked with future Iowa quarterback and 2002 Heisman Trophy runner-up Brad Banks.
Following the completion of his associate’s degree at Hinds, Jackson moved on to the University of Alabama, where he served as a student athletic trainer from 2002-05. In 2005, he was hired as a strength and conditioning assistant at Alabama, spending the majority of his time with the football program. During his time at the school, Jackson worked with numerous future NFL players, including DeMeco Ryans (Houston/Philadelphia) and former Packers safety Charlie Peprah, who is currently works in the personnel department with the team.
While still working at Alabama, Jackson got his first NFL experience, serving as an athletic training intern for the New England Patriots during the team’s 2003 training camp.
Jackson left Alabama in 2007 to serve as a manager and training coordinator at Young Champions Academy in Waco, Texas. He developed and coordinated programs designed to teach children basic coordination, movement and sports-specific skills. He also made staff schedules, gave tours and assisted in marketing and advertising for the academy.
The 37-year-old Jackson holds a B.S. in science from the University of Alabama and recently completed his M.S. in exercise science and performance enhancement from California University (Pa.). He is also certified as a sports performance coach by USA Weightlifting (Level 1 Sport Performance) and recently attained his NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) performance enhancement specialist certification and The NASE Inc. (The National Association of Speed & Explosion Inc.) speed and explosive specialist certification.
Jackson attended New Hope High School in Columbus, Miss., starting three years and earning two letters as a defensive back. He was named team captain as a senior. Born Sept. 1, 1980, in Columbus, Miss., Jackson is single and resides in De Pere, Wis.