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Jones Named 2019 Ben Jobe Award Winner By CollegeInsider

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James Jones (

Guided Bulldogs To Ivy League Regular Season And Tournament Titles

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Another highly successful season has earned James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs, another prestigious honor. Jones was the recipient of the 2019 Ben Jobe Award as the top minority coach in Division I men's basketball presented by at its awards event in Minneapolis.

Jones guided the Bulldogs to a remarkable 2018-19 season. Yale captured both the Ivy League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last four years, nearly upsetting No. 3 seed LSU. The Bulldogs finished with a 22-8 overall record, the third time in the last five years they won at least 20 games.

Over the last five years, Yale has won 102 games, the most of any Ivy League school, posted a 52-18 record in Ivy League games, captured three Ivy League championships, won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history, knocking off Baylor in the first round in 2016, and earned victories over schools from the ACC (Miami), Big 12 (Baylor) and Pac 12 (Washington, California).

Jones, the winningest men's basketball coach in school history, completed his 20th season at the helm. During the year, he earned his 300th career coaching victory and tied Fran Dunphy, who coached at Penn, as the second winningest coach in Ivy League history with 310 victories.

The Bulldogs have now finished with a winning Ivy League record in each of the last nine seasons and have finished fourth or better in Ivy play in each of the last 19 years.

Jones, who also was a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, received CollegeInsider's Hugh Durham Award in 2016.

Finalists for this year's Ben Jobe Award included Harvard's Tommy Amaker, Central Florida's Johnny Dawkins, Georgetown's Patrick Ewing, Florida State's Leonard Hamilton, Memphis' Penny Hardaway and Houston's Kelvin Sampson.

An icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Ben Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons.

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 Southern's 93-78 win over 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.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity