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Jim Jabir

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Hard-working. Compassionate. Dedicated.

These are just a few words that come to mind when talking about Jim Jabir. On April 8, 2003, the University of Dayton introduced Jabir as the women's basketball team's eighth head coach and first male head coach in the history of the program.

Since taking over as Dayton's head coach in 2003, Jim Jabir is the all-time wins leader in program history. He has earned a mark of 238-140 at UD and is 458-363 in his 28-year head coaching career and boasts six consecutive NCAA appearances (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) - including the program's first NCAA Regional Final in 2015, two post-season Women's National Invitation appearances, three-consecutive Atlantic 10 Finals appearances, the program's first A-10 Women's Basketball Tournament title in 2012, followed by the program's first A-10 Regular Season Champion in 2013. In 2014, Jabir led the Flyers to another A-10 Regular Season crown and add to that 27 A-10 All-Conference performers under his belt while at the helm of the Flyers, Jabir has undoubtedly led the University of Dayton to its most successful stint in modern program history.

Jabir is focused on making success more of the rule than the exception and the results speak for themselves. 

The two-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year has transformed the program, taking the Flyers from 3-25 in his first season to their highest national ranking at No. 11 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls in 2013. In the last six seasons UD has accrued a 162-60 overall record (.730 winning percentage) and posted a 81-23 record (.779 winning percentage) in Atlantic 10 games.

In one of the program's most successful seasons, Jabir led the Flyers to the Elite Eight® in 2014-15 with NCAA Tournament wins over Iowa State, No. 11/11 Kentucky and No. 8/8 Louisville before falling to eventual national champion No. 1/1 Connecticut. Dayton ended the season ranked 17th nationally in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll. Graduating seniors Andrea Hoover and Ally Malott were each selected in the 2015 WNBA draft - Malott became the program's first WBNA selection as the eighth overall pick, Hoover was chosen 31st.

There was no shortage of post-season recognition for Jabir's Flyers in 2014-15 as six members of the squad were honored by the Atlantic 10: Kelley Austria - All-Defensive Team, Jenna Burdette - All-Rookie Team, Jodie Cornelié-Sigmundová - All-Academic Team, Amber Deane - Sixth Woman of the Year, Andrea Hoover - First and All-Academic Teams and Ally Malott - First and All-Academic Teams. Hoover was also named a regional finalist for the WBCA All-America Team and to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team.

A heart-breaking loss to Florida in the first round of the NCAA tournament cannot take away from all the success Jabir led the Flyers to in the 2013-14 season. Jabir posted a 23-8 with a winning percentage of .742. Dayton finished the year ranked number one in defensive rebounding and shots blocked in the A-10 in the 2013-14 season.

After losing seven seniors from the squad that won the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament title, the bar was set high for a young 2012-13 team, but they rose to the challenge. They set the school-record for greatest number of wins in a season (28) since becoming a Division I program in 1986. Jabir was named a finalist for the 2013 Naismith National Coach of the Year after posting a career-high winning percentage (.903) with the sixth youngest team in the nation.

The Flyers won three in-season tournaments and defeated five BCS teams in 2012-13 and UD advanced to its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament with its highest seed in program history at No. 7. Dayton advanced to the NCAA Second Round with a thrilling double overtime 96-90 win over host St. John's. Dayton went unbeaten at home during the 2012-13 season and the Flyers averaged 2,739 fans per home game - the best in the A-10 and among the Top 40 in the nation.

The 2011-12 University of Dayton women’s basketball team posted a 23-7 record. The Flyers lost three of their first six games of the season, including a tough loss at then-No. 2 Connecticut. Dayton went on to win a then-program-best 12 Atlantic 10 games (12-2), its two conference losses coming by a total of five points (four-point loss to Temple and one-point loss to St. Bonaventure). UD won three games in three days to claim its first-ever Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship title, culminating with a 56-53 victory over No. 16/22 St. Bonaventure. In winning the Atlantic 10 Championship, the Flyers advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Dayton earned the No. 11 seed in the tournament setting up a matchup with No. 6 seed Arkansas. Three of Dayton’s six regular season losses came to teams that advanced to at least the Sweet 16 this season (Connecticut, Gonzaga, and St. Bonaventure). In the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Flyers received 10 votes, coming in at No. 31 overall. The Flyers finished No. 37 in the final RPI poll.

With its 21-12 record in 2010-11, UD has posted 20+ wins for four consecutive seasons. For the second straight year Dayton won a tournament hosted by a Big Ten opponent, knocking off the Golden Gophers in the Minnesota Subway Classic this November, after winning the Purdue World Traveler’s Classic in 2009. Dayton played four games in four days, advancing to the Atlantic 10 Championship final for the first time in school history. The Flyers advanced to their fourth consecutive postseason this year, including their second straight NCAA at-large berth. Also during the 2010-11 season Jabir became the all-time wins leader with the Flyers’ 102-69 victory over Toledo on Dec. 5.

The 2009-10 team finished the year with a 25-8 overall mark and the Flyers made their fourth-ever and third-straight postseason appearance. The 2009-10 postseason was special however – it was the first NCAA Division I Tournament the UD women’s basketball team had ever been a part of. The season started with a bang as Dayton defeated its first-ever Top 10 team, knocking off No. 10 Michigan State in its season opener. The Flyers continued their firsts and bests throughout the season; appearing for the first time in program history in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls, and actually received votes in at least one of the polls the entire 20 weeks of the season. UD went 11-3 in Atlantic 10 action and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament, its highest ever. Dayton had a school record five players go on to earn Atlantic 10 accolades. The dream season continued as Brittany Wilson scored just before the buzzer, and the eighth-seeded Flyers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat No. 9 seed TCU 67-66 in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament at the University of Tennessee on March 20, 2010. Jabir was one of 10 coaches named a finalist for the Kay Yow Coach of the Year Award. 

In 2009, when defeating nationally-ranked Xavier in the quarterfinals behind a group of underclassmen, it was more than just "luck"; the win marked a significant moment for a team and a program on the rise. At the time, the Flyers' 21-14 record in 2008-09 was the second-most wins since the program turned Division I and UD finished the year with most postseason individual honors ever.

It's no surprise that Jabir was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year after mentoring the Flyers to a modern-program record 25-9. The Flyers went on to earn their second postseason berth in modern history with a trip to the WNIT.

UD improved by 13 victories from 2006-07 to 2007-08 on the strength of a school-record 16-game winning streak that was the longest in the nation at one point. The Flyers also earned their first ever votes in the AP Top 25 Poll in 2007-2008 as they were listed in two different weeks. UD has been one of the most improved teams in the nation under the direction of Jabir.

In addition to the strides made in 2007-08, UD had the fourth best single-season turnaround in the nation in the 2004-2005 season with an improvement of nine wins over the previous campaign.

Jabir and Dayton continued the trend in 2005-06 with an improvement of five more wins, giving UD the second best improvement over a two-year span in the nation. The season also saw two different Flyers earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference accolades. Dayton also advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament and finished with a winning record for the first time in five years.

UD returned to the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season marking the third time in school history that the Flyers had advanced past their opening round in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Dayton played close games throughout the 2006-07 campaign as 15 of its 31 games were decided by single digits despite having just one senior in the starting lineup.

Jabir came to UD after spending one season as an assistant at Colorado. In his last season at CU, the Buffaloes (24-8) advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and were ranked as high as 23rd in the ESPN/Coaches' Poll and 24th in the Associated Press Poll. Jabir was primarily responsible for the development of CU's post players, including the Buffaloes' first-ever First Team All-Big 12 selection.

Jabir had been a head coach for 16 seasons prior to coaching at CU. His broad coaching experience ranges from the Big East Conference to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native began his coaching career as an assistant at Nazareth College (1984-85) and at Buffalo State (1985-86). Jabir was instrumental in leading the Bengals to a 23-3 slate, the SUNYAC title, a 22-game winning streak, an NCAA regional tournament appearance and a national ranking (No. 3) during the 1985-86 season.

After one season as an assistant, Jabir became the head coach at Buffalo State during the 1986-87 season at the age of 24. He led that team to a 14-11 record and guided the Bengals to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship and an appearance in the Division III Tournament.

Jabir went to Siena College from Buffalo State, where he served as the head coach of the Saints for three seasons (1987-90) and compiled a 50-29 record. Jabir's teams posted three consecutive winning seasons. In his first season, Jabir was responsible for the development of Siena's first-ever Freshman All-American.

After his stint at Siena, Jabir spent six years at Marquette University becoming one of the most successful coaches in the history of the program, elevating the Golden Eagles into the national spotlight.

After posting a 7-20 record during his inaugural year (1990-91) at Marquette, Jabir guided his team to four consecutive winning seasons, two 20-plus winning seasons and three post-season appearances, including back-to-back bids to the NCAA Tournament. In 1994-95, Marquette won the Great Midwest Conference Tournament, the first tournament championship in school history. This followed the 1993-94 campaign in which Jabir compiled a program-best 22-7 overall record and its first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Jabir was a two-time Reebok/Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year while at Marquette.

Jabir was at the helm of Providence College for six seasons, 1996-2002, following his time at Siena. During his last three years with the program, the Friars' record improved with each season.

He is a 1984 graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., where he received a degree in English. He also earned his Masters degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State in 1986.

Jabir has three children, Lauren, Shane and Jackson.

Jim Jabir Year-By-Year

Year School Record Pct. Season Highlights
1986-87 Buffalo State 14-11 .560 SUNYAC Champions
1987-88 Siena 16-10 .615 -
1988-89 Siena 16-8 .667 -
1989-90 Siena 18-11 .621 MAAC Semifinals
1990-91 Marquette 7-20 .259 -
1991-92 Marquette 16-13 .552 -
1992-93 Marquette 22-9 .709 WNIT
1993-94 Marquette 22-7 .759 Great Midwest Champions, NCAA
1994-95 Marquette 19-12 .613 Great Midwest Champions, NCAA
1995-96 Marquette 8-20 .286 -
1996-97 Providence 13-14 .481 -
1997-98 Providence 10-17 .370 -
1998-99 Providence 5-22 .185 -
1999-00 Providence 10-17 .370 -
2000-01 Providence 11-17 .393 -
2001-02 Providence 13-15 .464 -
2002-03 Colorado Assistant Coach, record not included in totals
2003-04 Dayton 3-25 .107 6th in A-10
2004-05 Dayton 12-16 .429 4th in A-10
2005-06 Dayton 17-12 .586 A-10 Quarterfinals
2006-07 Dayton 12-19 .387 A-10 Quarterfinals
2007-08 Dayton 25-9 .735 A-10 Semifinals/WNIT First Round
2008-09 Dayton 21-14 .600 A-10 Semifinals/WNIT Second Round
2009-10 Dayton 25-8 .758 A-10 Semifinals/NCAA Second Round
2010-11 Dayton 21-12 .636 A-10 Finals/NCAA First Round
2011-12 Dayton 23-7 .767 A-10 Tournament Champions/NCAA First Round
2012-13 Dayton 28-3 .903 A-10 Regular Season Champions/NCAA Second Round
2013-14 Dayton 23-8 .742 A-10 Regular Season Champions/NCAA First Round
2014-15 Dayton 28-7 .800 A-10 Finals/NCAA Regional Finals
2015-16 Dayton 14-15 .483 A-10 Quarterfinals/WNIT First Round
DAYTON TOTAL 13 Seasons 252-155 .619
CAREER TOTAL 29 Seasons 472-378 .556