Oregon Ducks WBB hires Arizona assistant Jackie Nared Hairston

University of Oregon

After losing key members of his coaching staff this offseason as Mark Campbell accepted the head coaching gig at Sacramento State, Ducks head coach Kelly Graves got to work.

Friday, the program announced the hiring of Jackie Nared Hairston to Graves' staff as an assistant coach. She previously served as the program's director of creativity and video during the 2017-18 season before spending a season as Washington State and two seasons in Arizona as an assistant coach.

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"We are very excited to welcome Jackie back to Oregon," said Graves via a release. "She brings a championship mindset and a strong understanding of both our program and the Pac-12. She is one of the nation's best recruiters, and her ability to teach and build relationships with student-athletes will be a tremendous asset to our staff."

She had been a part of three different staffs to reach an Elite Eight serving as Washington's director of player development during the 2016 Final Four run, in addition to Oregon's Elite Eight run in 2018 and Arizona's run last season to the National Championship Game. 

"I am thrilled to return to Oregon," said Nared Hairston, "where I have the privilege of working alongside Coach Graves. He has been an incredible mentor and is a proven winner. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of this elite program, and playing a key role in developing these outstanding young women both on and off the court."


In Arizona, Hairston was crucial in the skill development of Arizona's guards, including 2021 Pac-12 player of the year and two-time defensive player of the year Aari McDonald, as well as helping lead recruiting efforts.

Both of those roles needed filling on Graves' staff after Campbell left to helm the Sacramento State program.