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Dawkins Named Ben Jobe Award Finalist
March 14, 2019
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BOSTON (UCFKnights.com) – The finalists for the 2019 Ben Jobe Award were announced on Thursday and UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins was named among them.


The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball. An icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons.


It marks the second time in the last three seasons that Dawkins has been named a finalist for the national award. He was also named a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award earlier this week.


Dawkins has led UCF to a school record 23 regular season victories in 2018-19 and his Knights are the four seed in this weekend’s American Athletic Conference Championship. Come Sunday, Dawkins may lead UCF to its first NCAA Tournament since 2005.


The recipient of the 2019 Ben Jobe award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA division I basketball championship.



Tommy Amaker, Harvard

Jeremy Ballard, FIU

Johnny Dawkins, UCF

Travis DeCuire, Montana

Patrick Ewing, Georgetown

Jason Gardner, IUPUI

Earl Grant, Charleston

Leonard Hamilton, Florida State

Penny Hardaway, Memphis

Lew Hill, UT Rio Grande Valley

Michael Huger, Bowling Green

Ron Hunter, Georgia State

Justin Hutson, Fresno State

Donte' Jackson, Grambling

James Jones, Yale

Johnny Jones, Texas Southern

Mike Jones, Radford

Robert Jones, Norfolk State

Jay Joyner, North Carolina A&T

Dave Leitao, DePaul

Ritchie McKay, Liberty

Robert McCullum, Florida A&M

Richie Riley, South Alabama

Kelvin Sampson, Houston

Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M

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