THE BEN JOBE AWARD

2016 Ben Jobe Award

Maryland Eastern Shore's Bobby Collins accepts the 2015 Ben Jobe award at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

April 4, 2016

2016 BEN JOBE AWARD

HOUSTON, TX  -- Tennessee State's Dana Ford is the recipient of the 2016 Ben Jobe award.

Ford led the Tigers to one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history, going from 5-26 in 2014-15 to 20-11 in 2015-16. It was just the third 20-win season at the Division I level. The Tigers also made their first postseason appearance since 2012.  

The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball. An icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons.
 
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.

2016 BEN JOBE AWARD FINALISTS

Roman Banks, Southern
Rod Barnes, CSU Bakersfield
Wayne Brent, Jackson State
Ed Cooley, Providence
Mike Davis, Texas Southern
Dana Ford, Tennessee State
Murray Garvin, South Carolina State
Avery Johnson, Alabama
James Jones, Yale
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
Edward Joyner, Jr. Hampton
Kevin Keatts, UNCW
Bashir Mason, Wagner
Mark Montgomery, Northern Illinois
King Rice, Monmouth
Montez Robinson, Alcorn State
Kelvin Sampson, Houston
Shaka Smart, Texas
Tubby Smith, Texas Tech
Rodney Terry, Fresno State
Willis Wilson, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

 

The Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I minority coach, is named in honor of one of the finest men to ever college basketball.
 
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 was 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 leading No. 15 seed Southern to a 93-78 win over No. 2 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 of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Ben Jobe award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five NBA scout and/or administrators and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Southern head coach Ben Jobe is the chairman of the awards committee. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Ben Jobe award is presented annually to top minority coach in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee.
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March 30: Finalists announced
April 2: Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The recipient of the 2018 Ben Jobe award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
 
 

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