Ben Jacobson Receives Contract Extension At UNI
Ben Jacobson is getting the opportunity to coach the UNI men's basketball team for another decade. The Panthers' all-time wins leader has agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through March 31, 2027, UNI athletic officials announced on Thursday (March 30, 2017).
"Jake is one of the premier coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference and one of the best coaches in the country," said David Harris, UNI's Director of Athletics. "While we didn't have the success that we all hoped for this past season, we all have great optimism about our future because of Jake's leadership.
"Panther basketball has gone to another level in success and national prominence over the past decade. Our teams are consistently competing for conference regular season and tournament championships and earning postseason berths. We are excited about further solidifying Jake's place as the leader of our men's basketball program."
Jacobson just completed his 11th season at the helm of UNI, where he has recorded 234 career victories. In 2016-17, he led the Panthers to their 14th consecutive upper-half finish in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). They finished league play at 9-9 and earned the No. 3 seed for the MVC Tournament – marking the eighth-straight season that UNI has finished in the top four in the league's final standings.
"I want to thank David Harris and President Mark Nook for their confidence in both our staff and our program," Jacobson said. "We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes over the past number of years.
"As we look ahead, our focus remains on raising the bar academically and competitively. We could not be more excited about the group we currently have and the opportunity to continue to lead our Panther men's basketball program."
Jacobson is a three-time MVC Coach of the Year and ranks No. 6 all-time for coaching victories in the league. He also ranks No. 7 in the conference record book for MVC-only wins with 123 triumphs.
UNI is the only MVC men's basketball program to have been recognized with a perfect Academic Progress Rate score in each of the last four seasons.