Jackson was recognized around the world for his coaching abilities as the man who directed U.S. teams in international competition from 1971-79. An international star himself, he won a gold medal in team, silver in doubles and bronze in all-events in the 1969 FIQ American Zone tournament in Puerto Rico. The same year, he won three championships in the Tournament of the Americas in Miami. He won the 1969 USBC Open Championships all-events title and was eligible for the 1971 U.S. Team Trials until he was forced to withdraw for health reasons. He was then appointed coach.