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Ben Jacobson named MVC Coach of the Year

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (KWWL) -- The Missouri Valley Conference has named UNI basketball head coach Ben Jacobson MVC Coach of the Year.

The MVC says it's the first time since 1997, and the second time in school history a mens coach from the University of Northern Iowa has been named coach of the year.  Jacobson led the Panthers to a historic first share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title this year.

The MVC webpage reports Jacobson received 34 of a possible 40 first-place tallies and 112 total points to outdistance Creighton's Dana Altman in the voting.  Evansville's Marty Simmons was third in the balloting, conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.

The Panthers tip off Friday at 12:05 p.m. for quarterfinals in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  UNI will play the winner of Thursday's matchup between Drake and Indiana State.

Ben Jacobson has been head coach at UNI since 2006, when Greg McDermott left to coach at Iowa State University.

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