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Grambling State's Donte' Jackson Secures Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Title!

Coach Donte' Jackson
Coach Donte' Jackson

PHOENIX, Ariz. — In a momentous victory for Grambling State University's men's basketball program, Donte' Jackson has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year accolade! This thrilling announcement comes as a testament to Jackson's extraordinary leadership and exceptional coaching abilities in the fiercely competitive landscape of Division I college basketball.


The Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year award, an emblem of excellence and diversity, is bestowed annually upon the most outstanding minority head coach in Division I basketball. Jackson's well-deserved recognition underscores his pivotal role in elevating Grambling State's basketball program to unprecedented heights.


Jackson, already distinguished as the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year, has orchestrated an awe-inspiring season that has captivated fans and critics alike. Following an electrifying performance last year, Jackson's leadership propelled Grambling State to its inaugural Division I NCAA Tournament appearance by clinching the 2024 SWAC Tournament championship.


But the excitement didn't stop there. In a remarkable display of resilience and skill, Grambling State staged a stunning comeback, erasing a daunting 14-point deficit to secure a thrilling 88-81 overtime victory against Montana State during the First Four showdown in Dayton, Ohio.

Furthermore, Jackson's coaching prowess has been underscored by his team's exceptional performance throughout the season. Securing his second consecutive SWAC regular-season championship and third overall, Grambling State concluded the regular season with a remarkable 14-4 conference record and an impressive overall record of 21-15.


As we celebrate Jackson's monumental achievement, let us also reflect on the enduring legacy of Coach Ben Jobe, in whose honor this award is named. Coach Jobe's impact on the game of basketball, particularly within Historically Black Colleges and Universities, remains indelible, serving as an inspiration to coaches and players alike.


Today, as Grambling State rejoices in Jackson's well-deserved accolade, we honor not only his remarkable achievements but also the spirit of excellence and perseverance that defines the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year award. Congratulations, Coach Jackson, on this incredible milestone!

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