Kelvin Sampson Receives Ben Jobe Award

HOUSTON – University of Houston Men’s Basketball Coach Kelvin Sampson added another award to his trophy case on Friday afternoon when he was named the recipient of the 2022 Ben Jobe Award.
The Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top Division I minority coach, is named in honor of one of the finest men to ever coach college basketball.
Friday’s honor is the latest national coaching award Sampson received following the 2021-22 season. On Thursday, he was named the CBS Sports National Coach of the Year.
Finishing his eighth season at Houston, Sampson led the 15th-ranked Cougars to a 32-6 overall record and 15-3 mark in American Athletic Conference play. Houston advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight season, making the Cougars only one of two teams to accomplish that feat.
With the Cougars’ claiming the 2021-22 American regular-season title, Sampson became the first coach in Houston history to lead the program to three conference crowns in a four-year stretch.
Guiding Houston to three wins in three days at the American Athletic Conference Championship, Sampson’s Cougars swept the league’s regular-season and tournament titles for only the fourth time in school history and the first time since 1991-92.
Sampson is the only coach in school history to lead the Cougars to seven consecutive 20-wins seasons. With his selection as the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the third time, he also became the first Cougar coach to receive three conference Coach of the Year honors.
After losing four starters from last year’s NCAA Final Four squad, Sampson’s 2021-22 team’s impressive accomplishments came despite losing Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First-Team guard Marcus Sasser and sophomore guard Tramon Mark to season-ending injuries in December 2021.
That duo combined to score more than 27.0 points per game prior to their injuries.

Kelvin Sampson, Jamal Shead, Celebrate


In 33 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Sampson has compiled a 699-340 overall record with a 199-70 mark at Houston. He is one of only 16 coaches to lead multiple schools to the NCAA Final Four and ranks as the winningest coach in Houston career history with a .740 career winning percentage.


This is the sixth National Coach of the Year Award that Sampson has received during his career. That list includes the 2022 CBS Sports, 2021 John McLendon Award, 2019 Clarence “Big House” Gaines Award, 2002 National Association of Basketball Coaches and the 1995 Associated Press.


Other finalists for the Ben Jobe Award included: Kenny Blakeney (Howard); Mike Boynton (Oklahoma State); Landon Bussie (Alcorn State); Ed Cooley (Providence); Hubert Davis (North Carolina); Dana Ford (Missouri State); Dennis Gates (Cleveland State); Penny Hardaway (Memphis); Shaheen Holloway (Saint Peter’s); Rob Jeter (Western Illinois); Terrence Johnson (Texas State); James Jones (Yale); Robert Jones (Norfolk State); Rob Lanier (Georgia State); Shantay Legans (Portland) Tony Madlock (South Carolina State); Bashir Mason (Wagner); Jordan Mincy (Jacksonville); Lamont Paris (Chattanooga); Richie Riley (South Alabama); Takayo Siddle (UNCW); Jerry Stackhouse (Vanderbilt); Dedrique Taylor (Cal State Fullerton) and

Drew Valentine (Loyola).



Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. He was also head coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.


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 leading No. 15 seed Southern to a 93-78 win over No. 2 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.



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