Ben W. Jobe (March 2, 1933 – March 10, 2017) was an American men's basketball coach. He was best known as the head coach of the Southern University Jaguars – a position he held for 12 years. He has also been head coach of the men's college basketball teams at Tuskegee University, Talladega College, Alabama State University, South Carolina State University, University of Denver and Alabama A&M University. Jobe has also served as assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and briefly served as an assistant with the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
Ben Jobe was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Pearl High School in Nashville where he was a successful basketball player. In 1950, Jobe earned all-district and all-state honors and was then named to the 1951 all-national high school team.
Jobe then enrolled at Fisk University, earning All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors during his junior and senior seasons. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fisk in 1956 and later went on to earn a master's degree from Tennessee State University. In 1958, Jobe began his coaching career at Cameron High School in Nashville, Tennessee. His first (and only) Cameron team won 24 games, a school record. After the season was over, Jobe decided to move to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to coach a junior college basketball team. Jobe's coaching had a quick effect: his teams posted back-to-back undefeated seasons.
Coach of Southern University Jaguars
Ben Jobe took the helm of the Southern University Jaguars in 1986. He stayed on until 1996. He returned again to Southern in 2001 for two more seasons, retiring completely from college basketball in 2003. In 12 years at Southern, Jobe compiled a 209-141 record, led the Jaguars to the NCAA tournament four times, went to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) once, won five Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, won 11 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships.
Perhaps his most memorable moment as a college basketball coach was the Jaguars' 93-78 win over the then ACC Champions, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, during the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament in Tucson, Arizona.
Upon his retirement from Southern in 2003, Jobe had accumulated 524 wins as a head coach in college basketball spread among 8 teams over 31 seasons (a 0.611 win percentage).
Jobe and his wife Regina have two adult children, Bryan and Gina.
Jobe died on March 10, 2017.
Head coaching record
|Talladega Tornadoes (NAIA Independent) (1964–1967)|
|Alabama State Hornets (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1967–1968)|
|South Carolina State Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1968–1971)|
|1968–69||South Carolina State||20–5||14–3|
|1969–70||South Carolina State||21–7||11–4||NAIA First Round|
|1970–71||South Carolina State||20–7||12–9|
|South Carolina State Bulldogs (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1971–1973)|
|1971–72||South Carolina State||15–11||6–6||5th|
|1972–73||South Carolina State||17–14||3–9||T–5th|
|South Carolina State:||93–44||46–31|
|Denver Pioneers (NCAA Division I Independent) (1978–1980)|
|Alabama A&M Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1982–1986)|
|1984–85||Alabama A&M||21–10||11–5||T–1st||NCAA D-II Regional Fourth Place|
|1985–86||Alabama A&M||23–9||12–4||1st||NCAA D-II Regional Fourth Place|
|Southern Jaguars (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (1986–1996)|
|1986–87||Southern||19–12||9–5||T–2nd||NCAA D-I First Round|
|1987–88||Southern||24–7||12–2||1st||NCAA D-I First Round|
|1988–89||Southern||20–11||10–4||T–1st||NCAA D-I First Round|
|1989–90||Southern||25–6||12–2||1st||NIT First Round|
|1992–93||Southern||21–10||9–5||T–2nd||NCAA D-I Second Round|
|Tuskegee Golden Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1996–2000)|
|Southern Jaguars (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2001–2003)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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