Tammy Jackson

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2015

Widely regarded as the greatest women’s basketball player to come from North Central Florida, longtime Gainesville resident Tammy Jackson began her high school career at Buchholz High School, where she starred on the basketball court for four years.

Jackson remained in Gainesville to attend the University of Florida and graduated as Florida’s all-time leading scorer with 1,895 points, averaging 17.1 points per game during her four-year career and becoming the fastest Gator to reach the 1,000-point mark (51 games).  She also held Florida records for best career field goal percentage, most field goals in a season, most career free throws, most career steals, most steals in a season, and best field goal percentage for a season. She was a three-time All-SEC selection and became UF’s first basketball Olympian, representing Team USA in the 1992 Games in Barcelona as part of a bronze medal winning squad.

While assembling the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, then-Olympic head coach Theresa Grentz said of Jackson, “She plays great defense. She’s quiet, unassuming, but when she gets on the court she goes after it. I couldn’t have thought of coming to the Olympics without her.”

Jackson played overseas in Sweden, Japan, Spain and Italy before joining the WNBA in its inaugural season in 1997 as a second-round draft pick of the Houston Comets. She played in 143 games and was part of four championship teams before retiring at the age of 39.