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UNI's Jacobson finalist for national "Coach of the Year"

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- University of Northern head men's basketball team has something else to celebrate as it gears up for this week's Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis, MO.

Head coach Ben Jacobson is one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award.

The Hugh Durham Award is given to the nation's top mid-major coach.  A 20-member panel selects and votes on the award.  The winner will be presented with the award at the 2009 Final Four in Detroit.

Jacobson has led the Panthers to a 20-10 overall record, 14-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference, and a share of their first-ever MVC regular-season title.

UNI is the top seed in this week's State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, and will play at Noon on Friday, March 6th against the winner of Drake and Indiana State.

The 10 finalists are Jacobson, Brad Stevens (Butler), Randy Bennett (Saint Mary's), Duggar Baucom (VMI), Todd Bozeman (Morgan State), Ed Conroy (The Citadel), Brad Greenberg (Radford), Saul Phillips (North Dakota State), J.P. Piper (Nicholls State) and Randy Rahe (Weber State).

For more information, go to http://www.hughdurhamaward.com.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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