Ben Jobe Award

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Ben Jobe Award
Given for the nation's top minority men's coach in NCAA Division I basketball
Country United States
Presented by
First award 2010
Most recent Jamion Christian, Mount St. Mary's
Website Website

The Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding minority men's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition. The award was established in 2010 and is named for legendary head coach Ben Jobe, who coached at numerous historically black colleges but whose longest tenure at one school was 12 years, which he completed at Southern University.[1]


The award is presented to the coach who has produced the best results from his basketball team under adverse or otherwise difficult conditions. The inaugural winner, Ed Cooley of Fairfield, dealt with numerous injuries but still managed to lead the Stags to a near-school record 23 wins in 2009–10.[1]


* Awarded the Naismith College Coach of the Year the same season
Coach (X) Denotes the number of times the coach has been awarded the Ben Jobe Award
Year Coach School Record Reference
2009–10 Ed Cooley Fairfield 23–11 [2]
2010–11 Cuonzo Martin Missouri State 26–9 [3]
2011–12 Sean Woods Mississippi Valley State 21–13 [4]
2012–13 Kevin Ollie Connecticut 20–10 [5]
2013–14 Willis Wilson Texas A&M–Corpus Christi 18–16
2014–15 Bobby Collins Maryland Eastern Shore 18–15
2015–16 Dana Ford Tennessee State 20–16 [6]
2016–17 Jamion Christian Mount St. Mary's 20–11 [7]
2017–18 Donte Jackson Grambling State 17–14 [8]

Winners by school

School Winners Years
Connecticut 1 2013
Fairfield 1 2010
Grambling State 1 2018
Maryland Eastern Shore 1 2015
Missouri State 1 2011
Mississippi Valley State 1 2012
Mount St. Mary's 1 2017
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi 1 2014
Tennessee State 1 2016


  1. ^ a b "2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award". 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Staff (2 April 2010). "Fairfield's Cooley picked top minority coach". Stamford Advocate. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Budden, Kris (1 April 2011). "Vols' Martin wins Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award". WBIR 10. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Woods wins Ben Jobe Award". Mississippi Valley State University. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "A Good Day For UConn, Kevin Ollie Ends With Ben Jobe Award". Hartford Courant. 5 April 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "TSU men's basketball coach Dana Ford wins Ben Jobe award". 4 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jamion Christian Named Ben Jobe Coach of the Year by". 2 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Grambling's Jackson named Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year". 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 

External links

  • Official website
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