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Dan D’Antoni out, Cornelius Jackson in as Marshall head men’s basketball coach

Marshall announced on Monday evening that Cornelius Jackson would be taking over as head men’s basketball coach, ending the tenure of Dan D’Antoni after ten seasons. Jackson has been on the Marshall staff since 2017 and is a former player for the Herd (1998-2001).

“This has been an inspiring decade of Marshall Basketball under the leadership of Coach D’Antoni,” said AD Christian Spears. “His commitment to Marshall is unrivaled and his legacy will be honored for years to come. He built a program that plays for a community who deeply cares about him and our student-athletes. We wish him the very best and look forward to seeing him as he continues to support the program he built. We are confident that Coach Jackson will continue using the vast knowledge gained under Coach D’Antoni while maintaining the sincere connection to the student-athletes who played for D’Antoni and Corny over the last decade.”

D’Antoni, also a Marshall alum, finishes with a 177-148 overall record and two postseason appearances – the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and the CIT, which they won, in 2019. The team won 24 games a year ago (the program’s most wins in 76 years), their first season in the Sun Belt, but struggled this season finishing just 13-20 (7-11). D’Antoni turns 77 this summer.

Cornelius “Corny” Jackson, 46, also worked as an assistant at Cleveland State and Tennessee-Martin before returning to his alma mater in 2017. He is originally from Oak Hill, WV and was named West Virginia HS Player of the Year as a senior at Oak Hill HS in 1996.


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