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Souhern University names Ben Jobe head men's basketball coach

April 6, 2001

BATON ROUGE, LA – Southern University today, named Ben Jobe, the new headmen's basketball coach. Ben Jobe returns to Southern University for thesecond time in his brilliant coaching career.  He will replace Tommy Green,who had served in that capacity for the past five seasons. Ironically, it wasGreen who replaced Jobe, when he decided to give up coaching in August of1996.

Jobe, 68, was out of coaching last season. He left Southern on Aug. 21,1996, with two years remaining on his contract to take the head coaching jobat Tuskegee University.  While at Tuskegee, Jobe spent four seasons there,going 37-70 with the only three losing seasons in his coaching career.Jobe compiled a 193-101 record in his ten years at the helm of theJaguars' program.  Also during Jobe era, the Jags claimed three SouthwesternAthletic Conference regular season titles and four tournament championships.Additionally, theyfinished second in the regular season race three times andtwice in the conference tournament.

He led the Jags to the NCAA tournament four times and the NationalInvitational Tournament one time.

Perhaps the biggest moment in Jobe's career came in 1993 when his Jaguarsupset heavily-favored Georgia Tech, 93-78 in the first round of the NCAATournament in Tuscon, Arizona.

Jobe's tenure at Southern was the longest in his 30-year career.   Theschool never had a losing record under Jobe (though it did go 13-13 in1994-95).

The 68 year-old native of Nashville, Tenn., Jobe has been a constructor,building from scratch. He's also been a reconstructor, putting programs backtogether, and he's been a bondsman, holding all facets of his programstogether.

Ben Jobe, a veteran of more than 28 years in the coaching business, hasseen his share of good times in his profession. Winning more battles than adecorated general in the military.

Jobe may indeed keep a low profile, but his life's accomplishmentsglitter with resilience. Even from his days as a prep athlete, he's knownnothing but success.

At Pearl High School in Nashville, Jobe was an all-district and all-stateperformer in 1950 and he captained his 1951 team in route to being named tothe all-national high school team.

Jobe, who earned his bachelor's degree from Fisk University in 1956, was afour-year letterman in basketball and his floor leadership led him toAll-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors during his junior andsenior seasons. He later went on to earn the master's degree from TennesseeState University and has done further studies at the University of Tennessee,Southern and Tennessee State.

Jobe's genesis into coaching began at Cameron High school in Nashville in1959. His very first team won 24 games, a school record. But after one yearin the prep ranks, he migrated to West Africa to coach junior college ball.In Sierra Leone, his team posted back-to-back undefeated seasons and thestart of a successful collegiate campaign was on. During his tenure inAfrica, he was recognized for his outstanding abilities as a teacher by theSierra Leone Minister of Education and was thusly appointed to represent thegovernment in the greeting of Queen Elizabeth of England in the country'sIndependence Day celebration.

Two years later, Jobe accepted his first post at a senior college,Talladega College in Alabama, a position which he held for three years. Helater served a one year stint (1967) at Alabama State in Montgomery. Hisfour-year record at those two schools was 68-21.

Widely known as a fundamental teacher, Jobe decided to test his knowledgeat South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC in 1969. His stay at SCSUlasted five years, a stint which produced five NAIA playoff teams, includingfinalist squads in 1970 and 1973. During his stay with the SC State Bulldogs,he was voted NAIA District IV coach-of-the-year in 1968 and was a five-yearrecipient of the Colleges of South Carolina Coach-of-the-Year award. He wasalso cited by the S.C. House of Representatives in a resolution commendinghis achievements on the court.

Well established in building winning programs, Jobe became an assistantcoach under the legendary Frank McGuire at the University of South Carolinain 1973, a post which he held until undertaking what was perhaps his biggestchallenge yet, the head job at the University of Denver.

Jobe beat out more than 280 candidates for the job at Denver, afinancially suffering program which had suffered 11 straight losing seasons.Yet, he guided the Pioneers to a 15-12 mark his very first year there andwent on to tally 20 wins the next season, leading the team to a nationalpost-season tournament for the first time since 1947.

Jobe's next stops were at the NBA's Denver Nuggets (assistant coach anddirector of player personnel, 1980-81); Georgia Tech University (assistantcoach, 1981-82); and Alabama A&M University (head coach, 1982-86). At thelatter, he posted a record of 83-36 in four seasons, guiding the Bulldogs tothree SIAC championships and two NCAA Div. 11 playoff berths.

Such credentials as those above were impressive enough to make Jobe theoverwhelming choice for Southern's head basketball coach, for the secondtime.

Jobe and his wife, Regina, share the love of two adult children, Bryanand Gina, a former SU Dancing Doll.

1986-87 19-12
1987-88 24-7
1988-89 20-11
1989-90 25-6
1990-91 19-9
1991-92 18-12
1992-93 21-10
1993-94 16-11
1994-95 13-13
1995-96 18-10
10 Yrs. 193-101
Ben Jobe on:
Southern University –
"SU is hallowed ground to me. It holds a very special place with me.  I believe if you can win here, you can't win anywhere."

The Community –
"I want to have more community involvement. I want this to be "our" team, not mine."
"I want to get back to dong the Big Brother type of community service where we can be mentors to the future youth of this community."

Recruiting –
"I like to recruit through networking. Obviously, we are going to have to look at other things, but establishing a good recruiting network is important."
"The NCAA and selective admissions, have caused us to have to work a lot more on the recruiting trail."

On Staffing –
"That is something that I am working on.  I have 45 to 55 inquiry letters about being an assistant coach here. But over the next couple of days I will address that issue."

On getting back to winning at SU –
"Winning is contagious, and we have to teach our players how to win again.  We must also find some good STUDENT-ATHLETES, in the next couple of days.  I don't particularly like a kid who concentrates on athletics 24 hours a day."

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