Gil Jackson Named Head Basketball Coach at Howard

Washington, DC - University of Pennsylvania Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Gil Jackson has accepted the head coaching position at Howard University. Jackson, who has spent the past 16 years on the sidelines withPenn Head Coach Fran Dunphy, will begin his tenureatthe MEAC school, which is also a member of the Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)community, shortly.

"Obviously he will be missed here at Penn, but we are overjoyed at what this will mean for him," Dunphy said. "He's worked long and hard for this opportunity and he certainly deserves it. We wish him all the best in this new endeavor."

Jacksonhas been instrumental in helping the Quakers to nine Ivy League Championships and eight NCAA tournament appearances since he began at Penn in 1989. Coming on board as a volunteer coach, Jackson took over as head coach of the Quaker JV program and, as an assistant to the varsity program, was given the task of developing the pressure-defense. This assignment built upon strengths Jackson had demonstrated as head basketball coach of the Sanford School, a distinguished private high school in Delaware.

Jacksonserved as the Ivy League representative to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Assistant Coaches Committee for the second-straight year in 2005.

A 1969 graduate of Elizabethtown College, Jackson was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection, team captain and 1,000-point scorer. He was also inducted into his alma mater’s athletic hall of fame.

Jackson resides in Wilmington, Del., with his wife, the former Patricia A. Wilkinson, a physical education teacher in Pennsylvania’s Rosetree Media School District.

Written by Carla Zighelboim