Melissa Jackson has been named coach of the Akron women’s basketball program, pending formal approval from the University’s board of trustees, Athletics Director Larry Williams announced.

Jackson becomes the 10th head coach in UA women’s basketball history following a 10-year tenure on the Zips staff, including six years as associate head coach.

“I am very confident that Melissa can lead our women’s basketball program to new heights of success. She has an authentic and rare energy, and is incredibly organized and tactical,” Williams said in a news release. “Her years of service in our program give her a real head start both internally and within the external basketball and community circles.”

Jackson called the promotion a “dream come true.”

“The University of Akron means so much to my family and I am very excited for this opportunity. I look forward to leading the Akron women’s basketball program to excellence both on and off the court,” Jackson said in the release.

“I am ready to build on the strong foundation and tradition we have established. The University of Akron is truly a special place.”

Jackson takes over for Jodi Kest, who resigned as the winningest coach in program history after 12 seasons at UA. Kest compiled a record of 179-195 at UA. Jackson was named acting coach upon Kest’s resignation.

As recruiting coordinator, Jackson was instrumental in bringing UA to the forefront of the Mid-American Conference.

UA’s 2013-14 senior class was Jackson’s first full recruiting class, and ended as the all-time winningest class in school history with 74 victories over four years.

Jackson joined the UA staff after helping to guide the University of Delaware program to three postseason berths — including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 — in four seasons while in the same role from 2004-05 to 2007-08.

During Jackson’s time at Delaware, the Blue Hens captured a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular-season championship in 2004-05, two WNIT berths in 2005 and 2006, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 26-6 record in 2007. Overall, Delaware posted a four-year record of 80-44 (.645) and won 71 percent of its conference games (51-21) during that stretch.

Jackson played four seasons at the University of Richmond and earned a political science degree in May 2004.

She appeared in 50 career games as a guard and was on teams that earned WNIT berths in 2003 and 2004.