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UNI’s Jacobson finalist for coach of the year award

Coach Ben Jacobson
Coach Ben Jacobson
BOSTON, MA – The sixteen finalists have been announced for the 2015 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year award.

The finalists include Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Will Brown (Albany), Bobby Collins (UMES), Keno Davis (Central Michigan), Bryce Drew (Valparaiso), Jim Engles (NJIT), Bill Herrion (New Hampshire), Bobby Hurley (Buffalo), Ben Jacobson (UNI), James Jones (Yale), Brian Katz (Sacramento State), Jim Les (UC Davis), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Steve Prohm (Murray State), Heath Schroyer (UT-Martin) and Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin).

Jacobson guided UNI to a 31-4 record this season, which included a school-record 16-game winning streak, an MVC Tournament title and the school’s first-ever top-10 national ranking. He also led UNI to its fourth all-time NCAA Tournament victory with a 71-54 triumph over Wyoming in the second round.

The Hugh Durham Award is presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach. The award is named in honor of Hugh Durham who had retired at the end of the 2004-05 season. Durham is one of just twelve coaches to have led two different programs to the NCAA Final Four (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983). He is the only coach among that group to have led both schools to their lone Final Four appearance.

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.

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