Luke Jackson resigns as head basketball coach at Northwest Christian

Northwest Christian's head coach Luke Jackson directs this team against Oregon in an NCAA college basketball exhibition game in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeated Northwest Christian University 86-51. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)

EUGENE, Ore. – Former Oregon Duck and NBA basketball player Luke Jackson has resigned after 5 years as head coach of Northwest Christian University's men's basketball team.

"At this time I am going to continue to pursue my business passions and spend more time with my family," Jackson said. "I appreciate the opportunity to have been part of a very special university. I will continue to be a friend of the NCU basketball program and the University's advancement efforts. I am forever grateful to all the players and colleagues who have had such an important impact on my life. I wish NCU success."

Jackson's teams made three trips to the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament. He received back-to-back CCC Coach of the Year awards after leading the team to its first two conference championships in 2016 and 2017.

Jackson grew up in Creswell, where he was a two-time 3A State Player of the Year at Creswell High School. The team also won a 3A state title.

At Oregon, Jackson was part of the 2002 Pac-10 Championship team that earned a No. 2 seed for the NCAA National Tournament.

Jackson was the tenth overall draft pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent his first two seasons. He also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, and Miami Heat.

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