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(Washington, DC – June 3, 2005) - A new era in Howard University basketball begins as Howard President, H. Patrick Swygert announces the hiring of Gil Jackson as the university’s new head men’s basketball coach, during a press conference at the Howard University Carnegie Building on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.   

            Jackson brings to Howard a very dynamic basketball background that includes coaching at the highest levels, as well as association with one of the nation’s premier academic institutions. As the lead assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, his major achievements include nine Ivy League Championships, as well as nine berths to the NCAA tournament. “I could not be happier with Coach Jackson joining the Howard University family,” said President Swygert.  “Coach Jackson’s talent, experience and dedication will help lead Howard’s basketball program to the next level of athletic competition.”

After completing a successful high school coaching career-twice being named Coach of the Year in the State of Delaware, Jackson moved to the University of Pennsylvania to serve as an Assistant, working his way to become a top Assistant.  He began his coaching career at the Sanford School, in Hockessin, DE as the Head Varsity Basketball Coach.  He later moved on to a 15 year tenure with Fran Dumphy as his assistant coach at one of the nation’s most successful programs during that time period – The University of Pennsylvania.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at


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