Amber Jackson, one of the greatest hitters in Maryland softball history, returned to College Park in the summer of 2011 to serve as the new assistant coach.
Jackson transferred to Maryland for her senior year (2007) after playing her first three years at Bethune-Cookman College under Watten. The duo was inducted into Bethune Cookman's Hall of Fame in the fall of 2012.
In her one year as a Terrapin, she broke school records with 24 home runs, 56 RBI, and 55 walks. Her home run record led the NCAA that year. She was Maryland's second NFCA All-American and was named to the All-ACC First Team. She graduated with her Masters of Education in Human Development.
"I am happy to be adding Amber to our coaching staff. She left a great mark on the Maryland softball program, both on and off the field, while also being a great asset to us as an academic tutor and mentor when she completed her eligibility," Watten said. "Amber is one of the best hitters, and all-around athletes I have ever had the experience of coaching and will be a great mentor and instructor for our program."
After her career at Maryland, she played three years in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Washington Glory and USSSA Pride. She 2007 MVP of the NPF and I received All-NPF honors in 2009. Most recently, Jackson worked in education, first in special education at an elementary school in Loudoun County and second as a career counselor at Loudoun County High School, where she also coached softball.
"I'm excited to return to Maryland with another opportunity to impact Terrapins Softball alongside Coach Watten," Jackson said. "As a player, I told Coach Watten I wanted to change the way people saw Maryland Softball. I wanted to make opponents `fear the turtle' as many people say around here and as a coach my goal remains the same."
At Bethune-Cookman, she was a three-time All-American. She helped lead the team to the 2005 NCAA Super Regionals. That year, she was named a first-team NFCA All-American after batting .455 (fifth-highest in the NCAA Division I ranks), with 14 homers, 68 runs batted in and 33 stolen bases.