Howard (Howie) Jackson was still playing volleyball when he decided to become an official in 1970. When he received international level certification in 1983, he was one of only 12 Canadians to hold that accreditation at the time.
An accomplished track and field competitor in his youth in Inglewood, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, with a long-standing provincial record for the triple jump, Howard later turned to officiating, coaching, and administration. Luckily for volleyball players across Nova Scotia, he took a liking to the sport white coaching in secondary schools and chose to apply his talent and passion to volleyball for over forty years.
Howard went on to officiate in a number of major international competitions including the World University Games and the Pan American Games. As a member of Volleyball Canada’s National Referee Committee, he was a supervisor and evaluator becoming instrumental in the development of Canadian referees.
Howard passed away on November 10th, 2011.
Over the course of 40 years, Howard made a significant impact in volleyball as an official, coach, and educator at national and local levels as well. He coached at the Canada Games and at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities, leading clinics and development camps for many years. Also an accomplished track and field competitor and official, Howard was inducted as an athlete to the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
• Refereed at Pan Am and Pacific Rim Games
• Track and Field Official 1976 Olympics
• NS Women Volleyball Coach 1979 Canada Games
• Dalhousie University Women’s Volleyball Coach
• MSVU Women’s Volleyball Coach 10 years
• 8-time Champion Coach with MSVU in ACAA
• 3-time Coach of the Year Award, ACAA