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Amaker Named Finalist for Ben Jobe National Coaching Award

Coach Amaker and the Crimson won their third straight Ivy League title (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball head coach Tommy Amaker has been named a finalist for a prestigious coaching award – the Ben Jobe Award– after guiding the Crimson to its third straight Ivy League title and second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

Amaker is among 20 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I men's 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 has also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State. 

Amaker, who was also a finalist for this award in each of the last two seasons, is in his sixth year at the helm of the Crimson. Amaker led Harvard to a 19-9 overall record and a 11-3 mark in the Ivy League, as the Crimson won its second straight outright conference crown.

The Crimson went 13-1 at home during the regular season, including a 7-0 mark at Lavietes Pavilion against Ivy League opponents. Harvard will await Sunday evening’s NCAA tournament Selection Show for the Crimson’s opponent and destination for the championship.

The 2013 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.