MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State football program has added two members to its administrative staff as Iain Nelson and Rashad Jackson have joined the program, head coach Ron Prince has announced.
Nelson, who served in operation capacities with the NFL’s Houston Texans the last five years, was named director of football administration, while Jackson, who was previously an assistant coach at Reedley College, joins the program in the position of director of player development.
“We are very pleased to announce the additions of Iain and Rashad to our staff,” Prince said. “Both individuals are highly respected in their field and will be tremendous assets to our program.”
In his current position, Nelson will oversee the external administrative functions of the football program serving as the primary liaison to the athletics department and various university offices. He also helps develop and administer the program’s annual budget and travel, is responsible for bowl preparations, oversees community service projects, administers special events and assists with alumni relations.
Prior to arriving at K-State, Nelson spent the past five years in the operations’ department of the Texans, including the last four as the Operations Coordinator. In this position, he coordinated all logistics involving the Texans’ travel which consisted of over 150 personnel for 20 consecutive weeks. Nelson was responsible for contract bids and negotiations for all travel services for the team, including all transportation and accommodations. He was also involved in the hiring and supervising of five training camp interns and is credited with creating the team’s first orientation program for interns. He was an operations intern with the team for one year prior to his full-time appointment in 2003.
Before his stint with the Texans, Nelson spent time in 2002 as an account executive with GameFace, Inc., which specializes in sports sales and marketing for teams in the NBA, AFL, WHL and CHL. In addition, he was an operations assistant with the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League from 2000 to 2001.
Nelson played four years as a wide receiver at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., from 1997 to 2000. He was honored with the Matt F. O’Hanlon Award as a senior in 2000 for four years of hard work and commitment to the program. In addition, he was named the most valuable player for the scout team as a sophomore in 1998.
A native of Jamesville, N.Y., Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sports administration from Canisius in 2002.
Jackson is responsible for a variety of areas including football-related matters, handling special projects for the coaching staff and assisting with personnel development and recruiting. In addition, he is involved in monitoring student-athlete’s academic development and their degree completion process. He is also influential in the Life Skills program and counseling student-athletes in career planning and goal setting.
Jackson joined the Kansas State staff after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., for head coach Michael White. During his two-year stint, he helped the Tigers to an impressive 16-4 combined record, including a 10-0 regular season and Valley Conference title in 2005. He coached the team’s running backs and tight ends during the 2005 championship season before moving to the wide receiving corps in 2006.
In addition to his coaching duties, Jackson was the school’s academic coordinator for the Student-Athlete Retention Program. In this role, he monitored academic performance levels for all 10 sports and served as a liaison for all head coaches and the academic counselor.
Prior to his stint at Reedley, Jackson spent three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, East Central University in Ada, Okla., from 2002 to 2004. He coached the team’s tight ends and wide receivers all three seasons and assisted with the offensive line during the 2004 season. His final season at ECU was spent working for Tim McCarty, the Wildcats’ current assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
Jackson was a three-year letterman as a tight end and deep snapper at East Central from 1999 to 2001. As a senior, he named to the Lone Star Conference’s North Division second team as a tight end. He transferred to ECU after lettering one year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in 1998.
A native of Pauls Valley, Okla., Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from East Central in 2002 and then received his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from the university in 2004.