A prominent member of Halifax’s sports community was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.
Howard Jackson, who set a long-standing provincial triple jump record and was passionate about volleyball, which he coached and officiated for nearly four decades, was installed in the builder’s category. He passed away a year ago.
Jackson received his officiating certification while pursuing his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University. In 1983, he became just one of two Nova Scotians with international referee certifications and he was named Dalhousie’s women’s volleyball assistant coach the same year.
Jackson, who was 66 at the time of his death, left a lasting impression on his players in his one season with the team.
“His best qualities as a coach were his patience, his kindness and his wonderful sense of humour,” said then head coach, Lois MacGregor, who is an associate professor with the School of Health & Human Performance.
Jackson also shared his coaching skills with the Dartmouth Combines, Mount Saint Vincent University and the 1979 Canada Games women’s volleyball teams and he trained new generations of volleyball officials as a national clinician and volunteer. The Nova Scotia College Athletic Conference three-time Coach of the Year also refereed at the World University, Pan American and Pacific Rim Games.
“Over the course of 40 years, Howard made a significant impact in volleyball as an official, coach and educator at the national and local levels,” was part of his citation.
Inducted into the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame two years ago, Jackson played basketball at the university level, was a track and field official at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics and taught at Graham Creighton and Auburn Drive High Schools before retiring in 2004.
To keep his memory alive, a Howard Jackson Memorial volleyball scholarship was launched and the inaugural Howard Jackson Memorial volleyball tournament took place last February in Truro.
The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame was established in 1964 to honour outstanding teams, athletes and sports builders in the province.
Inductees include the world’s first Black boxing champion, George “Little Chocolate” Dixon and former Canadian and Commonwealth welterweight champ, Clyde Gray.