Amaker Named Finalist For Jobe Award

Pictured: Harvard's student section shows its appreciated for coach Amaker.

BOSTON, Mass. – Harvard head men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker has been named a finalist for the inaugural Ben Jobe Award. The award, administered by, will be presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I college basketball.

As of Monday, the elite group of fifteen coaches has fashioned an average record of 21-9 this season.  Joining Amaker on the finalists list are: Mike Anderson (Missouri), Tevester Anderson (Jackson State), Tony Barbee (UTEP), Todd Bozeman (Morgan State), Ed Cooley (Fairfield), Mike Davis (UAB), Stan Heath (South Florida), Ron Hunter (IUPUI), Sydney Johnson (Princeton), Johnny Jones (North Texas), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Shaka Smart (VCU), John Thompson III (Georgetown) and Cliff Warren (Jacksonville).

Under Amaker, Harvard has set numerous program records including wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10) and is awaiting word on a postseason tournament following a 21-7 overall record and a 10-4 mark in Ivy play.    

The award is named for coaching legend Ben Jobe, who spent the majority of his career at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, won 524 games in 31 years. He is best known for his accomplishments at Southern University, where he took the program to four NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth.

A 30-member selection committee will vote this month and the winner of the inaugural Ben Jobe Award will be announced at the Final Four in Indianapolis.


Tommy Amaker          Harvard
Mike Anderson            Missouri
Tevester Anderson       Jackson State
Tony Barbee                UTEP
Todd Bozeman            Morgan State
Ed Cooley                    Fairfield
Mike Davis                  UAB
Stan Heath                   South Florida
Ron Hunter                  IUPUI
Sydney Johnson          Princeton
Johnny Jones               North Texas
Marvin Menzies           New Mexico State
Shaka Smart                 VCU
John Thompson III      Georgetown
Cliff Warren                Jacksonville