Dane Jackson is in his eighth season as an assistant coach on the UND men's hockey coaching staff. He works primarily with the team's forwards and the penalty killing units, and also works with UND's forwards and defenseman on skill development during open-ice sessions throughout the week.
During his time at UND, Jackson's penalty-killing units have annually ranked among the best in the WCHA and NCAA. Last season, his penalty killers were at their best down the stretch, clicking at a league-leading 87.1 percent from Jan. 19 through the end of the season. That figure also ranked eighth nationally during that run.
In 2011-12, UND ranked second in the WCHA in penalty killing during conference play at 82.2 percent.
Jackson's penalty killers led the WCHA in 2010-11 with an 86.1 percent efficiency, the second straight season in which UND led the league. In 2009-10, Jackson's penalty killing unit clicked at a WCHA-leading 87.0 percent, narrowly missing out on the school record of 87.2 percent.
UND also ranked fifth nationally in penalty killing in 2010-11, marking the third time in Jackson's first five years in which UND has ranked among the nation's top eight in that category.
Additionally, Jackson's penalty killers led the WCHA in 2010-11 with 11 short-handed goals after having ranked second in the league in each of the previous two seasons.
Jackson joined UND in 2006 after serving as head coach and player personnel director for the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League.
Adirondack went 25-12-3 under Jackson and finished in the league's top five in both the penalty kill and power play.
Prior to coaching at Adirondack, Jackson spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs. The Monarchs posted 102- and 109-point seasons during Jackson's two seasons there.
Jackson, a native of Castlegar, British Columbia, played for the Fighting Sioux from 1988-92.
During Jackson's UND playing career, he scored 103 points (59 goals, 44 assists) in 150 career games and served as an alternate captain as a senior. He was drafted in the third round (44th overall) by Vancouver in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
After finishing his UND career, Jackson went on to an 11-year professional playing career in the AHL, that included stints in the NHL during four seasons. Jackson played in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders, recording 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in 45 career games.
Jackson was a captain five times during his professional playing career and won community service awards in two separate cities (Syracuse, N.Y. and Hamilton, Ontario) and was honored with the Rochester Americans' Leadership and Dedication Award in 2000-01.
Jackson graduated from UND in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a WCHA All-Academic selection in 1989-90 and in 1988-89 was honored with UND's Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship, which is given annually to a freshman hockey player who has demonstrated initiative, character and a sense of responsibility.
Jackson and his wife, Carrie, have three children: son Dillon (9) and twins, son Dallas and daughter Lila (5 1/2).