The St. Louis Surge will return Petra Jackson as the Head Coach for the 2023 season.
This is Jackson’s second year as the head coach after being an assistant coach and consultant. She started with the Surge in 2013 and was on the coaching staff for both championship teams.
Along with the St. Louis Surge, Jackson has also been in coaching positions with Shoreline Community College, Harris-Stowe University, Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis and St. Louis Community College.
In her three seasons with Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington, Jackson had a 45-32 record. The Shoreline Dolphins recorded its first season with 20 wins under Jackson’s coaching. Jackson also led the Dolphins to their first playoff appearance and second place league finish. She was nominated for WBCA Region 8 Coach of the year for her accomplishments.
Jackson began as an assistant coach at Harris Stowe University from 1988-1992 then became the head coach at Block Yeshiva High School from 1992-19. She moved on to take the head coach position at St. Louis Community College in Forest Park in 1998. She had one team at STLCC place second at Regionals. She has also served as assistant coach for the St. Louis University Women’s basketball team.
Prior to her coaching career, Jackson was an outstanding basketball player at University City High school in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University. Her 1,475 career points and 189 steals at SIU ranks her fourth on their all-time scoring list and all-time steals list. She also holds the school record for most career field goals with 650 made field goals. In her senior season, she led the team to a 25-4 record with a 23 game win streak. This feat is a Missouri Valley Conference record for longest win streak and it helped her team get an NCAA bid. Jackson was First Team All-MVC and voted MVP by her teammates. In 1991, Jackson was inducted into the SIU Hall of Fame.