Jackie Nared – Hairston

Jackie Nared Hairston was the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach for the Oregon Ducks from 2021- 2024. In her time there she was a leading role in recruiting and the team’s defensive scheme in addition to opponent scouting.

In her first season on the coaching staff in 2021-22, Nared Hairston helped lead the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight time, finishing the season 20-12 while coming in tied for second in the Pac-12. Oregon finished the season third in the league in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to 36.7 percent from the field – a number that is the third-best by an Oregon team since 1980. The Ducks also held eight of their opponents under 30 percent from the field – the most times a UO team has done that in a season since 2006.

An elite recruiter, Nared Hairston helped Oregon land the nation’s No. 2 overall class in the country in 2022. The Ducks will welcome in four espnW Top 100 prospects for the start of the 2022-23 season, including five-star prospects and McDonald’s All-Americans Chance Gray and Grace VanSlooten. Jennah Isai was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Arizona and is the No. 36 overall player in the class, while Kennedy Basham is ranked No. 59 in the top 100.

Oregon’s director of creativity and video during the 2017-18 season, Nared Hairston returned to Eugene after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona, where she helped lead the Wildcats to the 2021 national championship game.

Prior to her move to Tucson, Nared Hairston worked as an assistant coach at Washington State for the 2018-19 season after helping Oregon reach the Elite Eight in 2017-18. She also spent two seasons (2014-16) at Washington as director of player development, going to the Final Four in 2016.

Nared Hairston has played a key role in Arizona’s recent success, helping the Wildcats to a 21-6 overall record and the first Final Four and NCAA title game appearances in program history this past season. She 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.

While with the Wildcats, Nared Hairston helped Arizona sign two-time Gatorade North Dakota state player of the year Lauren Ware, a top-25 recruit by ESPN. She also played a big role in bringing in transfers such as Bendu Yeaney and Trinity Baptiste, the 2020 ACC sixth player of the year.

A 2014 graduate from St. Mary’s, Nared Hairston was a two-time first-team all-WCC selection for the Gaels. She led the league in scoring in each of her final two seasons, recording the sixth-best scoring season in WCC history with 21.8 points per game as a senior.

Nared Hairston spent two seasons on Washington’s staff after graduating, and then played professionally overseas in 2016-17 in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, and Waregem, Belgium. She was named guard of the year and also earned first-team all-league recognition.