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Queens, N.Y. - Darryl Jacobs has been hired as the first full-time head men's basketball coach in nearly two decades at Queens (NY) College.  He succeeds Kyrk Peponakis who resigned after serving as part time head coach for the past 19 years.Darryl Jacobs - Queens College(L-R) Jude, Jacobs and Queens President James L. Muyskens

“I am excited to have Darryl Jacobs join our family," said Assistant Vice President for Athletics China Jude.  "His skill set and personality fits perfectly into our Knights family.  We look forward to him returning home to the Northeast to make a significant impact on our community.”

A Paterson, New Jersey native, Jacobs comes to Queens from Petersburg, Virginia, where he was the head men’s basketball coach at Virginia State University for the past two seasons.  

Before his time in Petersburg, Jacobs was the head men’s basketball coach at Clark Atlanta University from 2006-2011. While there, he built the Panthers into one of the elite programs in the country. He led the Panthers to two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2009-2011); while also leading them to their first SIAC Tournament Championship (2011) in 46 years.

He was named SIAC Coach of Year, Atlanta Tip-Off Club/Naismith Georgia College Coach of the Year and HRSN runner-up for National Coach of the Year in 2010.

Coach Jacobs has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to his credit. He was a two sports standout at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, starting as a running back on the football team and point guard on the men's basketball team. He played several years of professional basketball following graduation in both South America and the USBL.

Jacobs currently Chairs the NCAA Men’s Basketball South Region Rankings Committee and is a member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for High Blood Pressure of Richmond, Virginia.

Jacobs is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Black Coaches Association.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance/Accounting from William Penn University in 1988 and is pursuing his Master’s in Sports Management at Virginia State University.


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