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Texas A&M Corpus Christi head coach Willis Wilson poses with 2014 Ben Jobe award with presenter Melvin Hines (left) and Ben Jobe (right) at the CollegeInsider.com Award's Banquet on April 4 in Dallas.

March 13, 2015

BEN JOBE AWARD FINALISTS

BOSTON, MA -- The sixteen finalists have been announced for the 2015 Ben Jobe award. 
 
The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball. 
 
The 2014-15 finalists include Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Kevin Baggett (Rider), Bobby Collins (UMES), Ed Cooley (Providence), Mike Davis (Texas Southern), Frank Haith (Tulsa), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), James Jones (Yale), Robert Jones (Norfolk State), Kevin Keatts (UNC Wilmington), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), King Rice (Monmouth), John Thompson III (Georgetown), Gary Waters (Cleveland State), Willis Wilson (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).
 
Coach Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. He has also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.
 
His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT appearance, five SIAC championships, 11 SWAC titles and two NAIA Tournament Championships. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a coach was Southern's 93-78 win over Georgia Tech in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It stands as one of the great upsets in the history of the event.
 
The recipient of the 2015 award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men's division I basketball championship.
 
2015 BEN JOBE AWARD FINALISTS

Tommy Amaker Harvard
Kevin Baggett Rider
Bobby Collins UMES
Ed Cooley Providence
Mike Davis Texas Southern
Frank Haith Tulsa
Ron Hunter Georgia State
James Jones Yale
Robert Jones Norfolk State
Kevin Keatts UNC Wilmington
Marvin Menzies New Mexico State
LeVelle Moton North Carolina Central
King Rice Monmouth
John Thompson III Georgetown
Gary Waters Cleveland State
Willis Wilson Texas A&M Corpus Christi

 


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