THE BEN JOBE AWARD

2019 Ben Jobe Award

April 5, 2019

THE 2019 AWARD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Yale coach James Jones is the 2018-19 recipient of the Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I minority coach.

Jones, 55, led the Bulldogs to a 22-8 overall record and the Ivy League tournament championship this season, earning the program’s second NCAA Tournament bid in the last four seasons. Yale was 10-4 in the Ivy regular season to earn a share of the crown. Jones has a 310-273 record in 20 seasons at Yale.

The Bulldogs served notice early in the season with a 77-73 defeat of Miami (FL) on Dec. 1st. Their four nonconference losses - including a five-point decision against LSU in the NCAA Tournament - were against top 75 opponents.

Coach Jobe was an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 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. Jobe, who died in 2017, is considered one of the finest men to ever college basketball.

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.

2019 BEN JOBE AWARD FINALISTS

Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Jeremy Ballard, FIU
Johnny Dawkins, UCF
Travis DeCuire, Montana
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
Jason Gardner, IUPUI
Earl Grant, Charleston
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State
Penny Hardaway, Memphis
Lew Hill, UT Rio Grande Valley
Michael Huger, Bowling Green
Ron Hunter, Georgia State
Justin Hutson, Fresno State
Donte' Jackson, Grambling
James Jones, Yale
Johnny Jones, Texas Southern
Mike Jones, Radford
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
Jay Joyner, North Carolina A&T
Dave Leitao, DePaul
Ritchie McKay, Liberty
Robert McCullum, Florida A&M
Richie Riley, South Alabama
Kelvin Sampson, Houston
Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M
 
 

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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