Jason Hooten

Jason Hooten (born April 20, 1969)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: New Mexico State Aggies
Current conference: Conference USA (CUSA)
Sam Houston State record: 261-169 (.607)
New Mexico State record: 13-19 (.406)
Overall record: 274-188 (.607)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present New Mexico State
2010-2023 Sam Houston State
2004-2010 Sam Houston State (asst)
1993-2004 Tarleton State (asst)
1991-1993 Weatherford College (asst)

Jason Hooten Facts

  • Jason Hooten
  • Born April 20, 1969
  • Hometown: Killeen, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Tarleton State University (BA, 1993 & MA, 1995)
  • After playing two seasons at McLennan CC (TX), Hooten played for head coach Lonn Reisman at Division II Tarleton State (TX)
  • Started coaching in 1991, spending two years at Weatherford College (TX) before joining Reisman’s staff at Tarleton as an assistant coach in 1993
    • Worked under Reisman for eleven seasons, during which time the Texans were 204-111 overall
  • Arrived at Sam Houston State in 2004, working as one of Bob Marlin‘s assistants for the next six seasons
  • Took over as the Bearkats head coach in 2010, winning a share of the Southland regular season title in his first year and the outright title in 2019
    • Hooten took Bearkats to four CITs in thirteen seasons at the helm, plus the program’s first two NIT bids in 2019 and 2023
    • In 2021, the school made the move from the Southland Conference to the WAC
  • Left SHSU to become the head coach at fellow WAC program New Mexico State in March 2023
  • Along with his wife, Kristen, has one daughter and one son

Jason Hooten Coaching Tree

  • Chris Mudge (Sam Houston State)
  • Will Weaver (Long Island Nets, overseas)