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Northern Iowa Panthers, Ben Jacobson Agree to 10-Year Contract Extension

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On Friday afternoon, news emerged that Northern Iowa had reached an agreement with current head coach Ben Jacobson which will keep him in Cedar Falls through the 2022-23 season.

Jacobson agreed on the ten year contract extension as the Panthers have now won 20+ games in five consecutive seasons.

Jacobson took over the Northern Iowa program prior to the 2006-07 season and has notched a 150-85 career record for the Panthers. Jacobson has been with the university for seven seasons now and has helped guide the Panthers two five postseason appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament. In 2010, Northern Iowa won 30 games and shocked the world in the Round of 32 by advancing past No. 1 Kansas on some late game heroics.

Northern Iowa has never finished worse than fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference since Jacobson took over. In fact, the Panthers have not finished lower than third in any of the previous five seasons. Jacobson has also won two Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year awards (2009 & 2010) during his time at Northern Iowa.

Long story short — Jacobson has certainly earned the contract extension that Northern Iowa gave to him on Friday.

The Panthers are still competing on the court this season, advancing to the CIT Tournament semifinal round earlier this week. Northern Iowa will play Weber State on Saturday for a right to advance to the tournament championship contest. The Panthers enter Saturday’s contest having won three consecutive games and ten of their last 13 overall.

 

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