Smidt joined the UCSB athletic training staff in July of 2017. He currently oversees the medical care for the men’s basketball team and the men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Prior to arriving at UCSB, Jackson was in the role of Assistant Athletic Trainer at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. While there, his primary assignments were with the football team and the men’s and women’s track & field and cross-country teams.
In 2016, Jackson completed his master’s degree in human physiology with an emphasis in post-professional athletic training at the University of Oregon while working as a graduate athletic trainer with the football, baseball, and acrobatics & tumbling teams. Oregon provided an expanded athletic training education that included in-depth work with a variety of manual therapies and rehabilitation techniques. During his stay there he also saw success with the football team going to the Pac-12 Championship game, the Rose Bowl, and the National Championship game. The acrobatics & tumbling team also saw success with an appearance in the National Championship.
Before becoming a board certified athletic trainer in 2014, Jackson completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN. He was able to gain clinical experience in a variety of sports including women’s soccer at the University of Minnesota. His clinical experience expanded to the Minnesota Vikings where he spent time as an athletic training intern during spring practices for multiple years.
Jackson is a certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist, American Red Cross certified First Aid/CPR/AED instructor, and certified in Graston Technique.
Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife, Chelsea.