THE BEN JOBE AWARD

Houston's Kelvin Sampson is the recipient of the 2022 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year award, which is presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I college basketball.

April 1, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Houston’s Kelvin Sampson has earned the 2022 Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top Division I minority coach.

Sampson, who has won 69 percent of his games in 29 seasons as a Division I coach, steered the Cougars to a 32-6 record, the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.

The Cougars entered the Final Four weekend No. 2 in the KenPom ratings despite losing two of their best players and leading scorers to injury during the season. Once again, Sampson built one of the nation’s best defensive and rebounding teams. Houston ranked eighth in adjusted defensive efficiency, second in effective field goal percentage defense and third in scoring defense, allowing 58.8 points per game. The Cougars were also third in offensive rebounding percentage.

Sampson has guided four programs to the NCAA tournament, won 692 games at the Division I level and won at least 72 percent of the games at each of his last three coaching stops. 

The Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I minority coach, is named in honor of one of the finest men to ever coach collegiate basketball.

Coach Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. He was also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.

His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT appearance, five SIAC championships, 11 SWAC titles and two NAIA Tournament Championships. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a coach was leading No. 15 seed Southern to a 93-78 win over No. 2 Georgia Tech in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It stands as one of the great upsets in the history of the event.

2021-22 BEN JOBE AWARD FINALISTS

Kenny Blakeney

Howard

Mike Boynton

Oklahoma State

Landon Bussie

Alcorn State

Ed Cooley

Providence

Hubert Davis

North Carolina

Dana Ford

Missouri State

Dennis Gates

Cleveland State

Penny Hardaway

Memphis

Shaheen Holloway

Saint Peter’s

Rob Jeter

Western Illinois

Terrence Johnson

Texas State

James Jones

Yale

Robert Jones

Norfolk State

Rob Lanier

Georgia State

Shantay Legans

Portland

Tony Madlock

South Carolina State

Bashir Mason

Wagner

Jordan Mincy

Jacksonville

Lamont Paris

Chattanooga

Richie Riley

South Alabama

KELVIN SAMPSON

HOUSTON

Takayo Siddle

UNCW

Jerry Stackhouse

Vanderbilt

Dedrique Taylor

Cal State Fullerton

Drew Valentine

Loyola

 

The Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I minority coach, is named in honor of one of the finest men to ever college basketball.
 
Coach Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. He was also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.
 
His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT appearance, five SIAC championships, 11 SWAC titles and two NAIA Tournament Championships. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a coach was leading No. 15 seed Southern to a 93-78 win over No. 2 Georgia Tech in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It stands as one of the great upsets in the history of the event.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Ben Jobe award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five NBA scout and/or administrators and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Southern head coach Ben Jobe is the chairman of the awards committee. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Ben Jobe award is presented annually to top minority coach in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee.
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March 30: Finalists announced
April 2: Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The recipient of the 2018 Ben Jobe award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
 
 

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