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Coach Donnie Jackson just completed his third season at the helm of the Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks Men's Basketball team. Jackson led the Mavericks to one of the best seasons in school history. The Mavs finished the season 26-7 and ranked #25 nationally in the final NJCAA poll. They finished 15-3 in OCAC play, good for 2nd place, and advanced to the Region II championship game and finished as Region II runner-up. Jackson was also named 2016 Region II Coach of the Year, as voted on by his peers. Two players garnered recognition. Costa Anderson was named 1st-team All-Region and 1st-team All-OCAC. Jarrid Rhodes was named 3rd-team All-OCAC and to the Region II All-tournament team. All 5 sophomores graduated and signed with 4-year universities.
In Jackson's second season, the Mavs finished the season 19-12 overall and finished second in conference play at 12-6 overall, which included winning 8 conference games in a row. Dushaun Rice earned 3rd team All-OCAC. All 6 sophomores signed with 4 year universities.
He moved from Cowley County Community College to take the position of Mavericks Head Men’s Basketball Coach beginning with the 2013-2014 season. In Jackson's 1st season at the helm, he led the Mavericks to a 19-14 overall record and a 9-9 mark in conference play. He also led the Mavs to the Region II semifinals. Two players also garnered postseason recognition. Simeon Dennis garnered 2nd Team All-Region II and 2nd Team All-OCAC, and was also named to the Region II All-Tournament team. Cortrael Colbert received 3rd Team All-OCAC honors. All 6 sophomores graduated and moved on to 4-year programs.
In three seasons with Jackson leading the men's basketball program, the Mavs have a 64-33 overall record, including a 36-18 mark in conference and 4-3 record in Region II playoff action.
As the top assistant coach for Tommy DeSalme for 11 seasons, Jackson helped compile a 230-119 overall record, including a 136-59 record in his six seasons as a junior college coach. He also helped lead Independence and Cowley to a 9-6 Region VI tournament record.
During his time in the junior college ranks, he helped place 18 NCAA Division I basketball players and 17 NCAA Division II Players. He coached two NJCAA All-Americans, two Jayhawk East Players of the Year, two Jayhawk East Freshmen of the Year, thirteen All-Conference players (six 1st-team), eight All-Region players (five 1st-team) and seven All-Tournament Team players. Nine players have went on and played professionally, including two in the NBA Summer League.
Jackson helped lead the Cowley Tigers to 91 wins in his four years at the college. Cowley also captured a conference title and finished in the top three in the conference each of those four seasons (2010-2013). The Tigers appeared in two Region VI quarterfinals, one Region VI semifinal and one Region VI finals appearance. The program produced Iowa State signee Tyrus McGee, Creighton signee James Milliken, Kansas State signee James Watson and Duquesne signee Dominique McKoy, among others. McGee, a First Team NJCAA All-American, finished as the third all-time leading scorer in Cowley history and was named Big XII Sixth Man of the Year and Jayhawk East Player of the Year. Milliken finished as the sixth all-time leading scorer in Tiger history.
Before coming to Cowley, Jackson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Independence Community College, aiding the Pirates to a record of 45-19 overall and 29-7 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. Indy also advanced to two Region VI quarterfinals. In his first year, he assisted in leading Independence to a 26-6 overall record, a No. 16 national ranking and a second place conference finish. He helped mold Georgia Southern signee Antonio Hanson, who was named a Second Team NJCAA All-American and Jayhawk East Player of the Year.
Prior to coaching at Independence, Jackson spent one season as an assistant coach at Kansas Wesleyan University, helping to lead the Coyotes to a 28-4 record as well as a 2007 KCAC conference and postseason championship. The Coyotes advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament and finished with a No. 6 national ranking.
Jackson spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Sterling College before moving to Kansas Wesleyan. While at Sterling, he helped lead the Warriors to two NAIA national tournament appearances (2004 and 2006), a KCAC conference tournament championship and four consecutive second place conference finishes (2003-2006).
He played two seasons at Sterling College (2000-2002), playing for Head Coach Tommy DeSalme his senior year. Following his senior season, he was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and a Unanimous First Team All-KCAC player after averaging 14.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game and helping the Warriors to an 18-11 overall mark.
A graduate of Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kan., Jackson played two seasons (1998-2000) in the Jayhawk Conference at Allen County Community College before continuing at Sterling College. He completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Sterling and his graduate degree at Fort Hays State University.
In addition to his basketball coaching duties, he was the Sterling College Intramural Director, adjunct instructor and the Assistant Resident Hall Director of Kilbourn Hall. At Kansas Wesleyan University, he served as the head men's and women's tennis coach.
He has two children, Jaxson and Emory.
NOTABLE FORMER PLAYERS:
- Tyrus McGee - Iowa State University, NBA Summer League - Bulls, Warriors
- James Milliken - Creighton University
- Dominique McKoy - Duquense University
- James Watson - Kansas State University
- JJ N'Ganga - New Mexico University/Mercer University
- Antonio Hanson - Georgia Southern University
- Marcus Damas - Towson University
- Ben Vozzola - Cal-State Northridge, NBA Summer League - Nets
- Rayshaun McGrew - Stonybrook
- Simeon Dennis - St. Peter's
- Michael Craion - Oral Roberts University
- Kamren Belin - Youngstown State University
- Jaquan Smith - Stephen F Austin
- Jarrid Rhodes - Missouri State University
- Valentine Sangoyomi - University of Houston
- Costa Anderson - University of Albany
- Dushaun Rice - University of Central Arkansas
- Torey Noel - Lamar University