Northern Iowa basketball coach Ben Jacobson received some great news on Thursday morning.
After leading the Panthers to another successful season in his 11th year as head coach, Jacobson has received an extension that will keep him at Northern Iowa through the 2027 season.
It is a two-year extension for the head coach.
“I want to thank [UNI Director of Athletics] David Harris and President Mark Nook for their confidence in both our staff and our program,” Jacobson said in a statement released on the school’s official website.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes over the past number of years. As we look ahead, our focus remains on raising the bar academically and competitively. We could not be more excited about the group we currently have and the opportunity to continue to lead our Panther men’s basketball program.”
Jacobson has led the Panthers to a school-record 234 wins and has won Coach of the Year honors in the MVC three times.
His success is undeniable, so the extension is well-deserved.
“Jake is one of the premier coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference and one of the best coaches in the country,” Harris said.
“While we didn’t have the success that we all hoped for this past season, we all have great optimism about our future because of Jake’s leadership. Panther basketball has gone to another level in success and national prominence over the past decade. Our teams are consistently competing for conference regular season and tournament championships and earning postseason berths. We are excited about further solidifying Jake’s place as the leader of our men’s basketball program.”