NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee State men’s basketball head coach Dana Ford won the The Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com for the top minority coach in Division I for the 2015-16 season.
He added this award to his already-glowing resume. which includes OVC Coach of the Year this season.
Ford was one of 21 finalists including big names such as Shaka Smart from Texas, Avery Johnson from Alabama, and James Jones from Yale.
At 31 years old, he is the youngest Division I coach. Ford had the most trans-formative two seasons with the Tigers leading them to a 20-11 this season after winning only five games the previous season. It goes on record as one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history.
The award is named after Ben Jobe, former head coach at Southern University as well as Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.
Jobe’s work in shaping the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is what has stood out during his career.