CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson has signed a contract extension that locks up the four-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year through the end of the 2028-29 season.
Jacobson is the winningest coach in UNI history with 301 victories and a .605 winning percentage. Under his guidance, the Panthers have earned three regular-season MVC titles, including the 2019-2020 season and four Arch Madness championships.
UNI has made four trips to the NCAA tournament and qualified for post-season play eight times in Jacobson’s tenure, including the legendary 2010 second-round win over Kansas and a sweet-16 run. The Panthers also advanced to the round of 32 during the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 season.
He is the only coach in MVC history to pick up two wins over a number-one ranked team. Three UNI players have earned the Valley’s Larry Bird Player of the Year trophy. He has a 160-110 (.593) record in the Valley.
During Jacobson’s tenure, two Panthers, Adam Koch and A. J. Green were named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Koch also earned the prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. UNI men’s basketball ended the spring 2021 semester with a 3.10 team GPA.
Jacobson was promoted to head coach after the departure of Greg McDermott after the 2005-06 season. He was hired to McDermott’s staff in 2001 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2005.
He began his career at North Dakota where he was played his college career in the early 90s. He was a graduate assistant from 1994-96 before becoming a full-time assistant ahead of the 1996-97 season. He was an assistant at North Dakota State for the 2000-01 season before coming to Cedar Falls.