Stu Jackson's introduction to the original Big East Conference came when he was an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for Rick Pitino at Providence from 1985-87. He returns to the Big East label as the Associate Commissioner for Men's Basketball with the re-booted league, according to an announcement from the conference on Tuesday.
He was also an assistant coach at Washington State and Oregon in the college ranks, and was the head coach of the New York Knicks and Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA as well as head coach of the University of Wisconsin Badgers. His NBA coaching record stands at a winning percentage of just .426.
After coaching, he spent six years as the president and general manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies.
In 2007, Jackson became the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA. His duties included being in charge of the on-the-court operations of the league, scheduling, game rules, conduct, discipline and serving as the chair of the Competition Committee -- all key functions related to the Associate Commissioner position in the Big East.
Since emerging on the scene in the mid-80s, he has become a respected veteran basketball executive. His expertise was praised by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman when the hiring was announced.