Florida tennis coach Andy Jackson resigns

May, 25, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida men's tennis coach Andy Jackson, who won a pair of Southeastern Conference titles and got the Gators into the NCAA tournament 10 times, resigned on Friday after 11 seasons at the school.

"I'm truly grateful for my time here and I hope to have the opportunity to coach again," Jackson said in a statement. He did not elaborate on the reason for his resignation.

Jackson went 209-82 at UF and won SEC titles in 2003 and 2005. He guided the Gators to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament in 10 of his 11 seasons. Jackson also was named the SEC's Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005.

"I accept Andy’s resignation and want to thank him for his many contributions to our program and University during his time here at Florida” UF athletics director Jeremy Foley said. “He has always conducted his program in a first-class manner and his student-athletes have always performed well in the classroom. Andy is one of the finest people I know and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

“Moving forward, our vision is that the University of Florida men’s tennis program can consistently be among the contenders for the SEC and national championships, and we’ll work deliberately to find a candidate who matches this vision.”

Jackson came to UF in 2001 after 18 seasons at Mississippi State, the final 13 as the men's head coach.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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