Heidi Gillingham Jackson


Heidi Gillingham Jackson (Basketball, 1990-1994) 

Heidi Gillingham stood above everybody else in the SEC, but not just because of her height. At 6-feet-10-inches in game sneakers — the tallest player in Vanderbilt women’s basketball history — Gillingham exceeded the lofty expectations that were created when she arrived on campus. She led the Commodores to their only Final Four berth in 1993, and her 131 blocks in the 1991-1992 season is still a conference record. Her exploits earned the Commodores the nation’s No. 1 ranking for six weeks during the 1993 season. Off the court she was admired and appreciated as well, being voted Homecoming Queen by the student body in October of 1993.

  • Kodak First Team All-American in 1993
  • Holds six Vanderbilt records, including SEC record 131 blocks in one season (1991-1992)
  • Three time first team All-SEC selection (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • Led SEC in field goal percentage for three years
  • Led Vanderbilt basketball to SEC Championship and its only Final Four in 1993
  • Named 1993 Vanderbilt Homecoming Queen
  • Ninth on all-time Vanderbilt scoring list
  • Named Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week in 1993
  • Elected to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2000