MIAMI — Northeastern A&M men’s basketball coach celebrated his Region 2 Coach of the Year honor by car shopping.
Jackson guided the Golden Norse (24-6) to the men’s Region 2 championship in his first season as head coach.
He’s the first coach in NEO history to win 24 regular season games in his first year.
Jackson, Region II Coach of the Year, led the Golden Norsemen to a 24-6 record and the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title.
The previous record was 23-6 set by NEO Hall of Fame coach Larry Gipson in 1982-83.
“This is truly an honor I have been blessed to earn,” Jackson said. “Ten years ago when I became Dustin’s assistant, I dreamed of this happening and have put countless honors of hard work into NEO men’s basketball, which paid off this year.
He succeeded Dustin Grover, who moved into administration.
“I couldn’t do any of this and have had the success we’ve had this season without the help and buy-in from every young man in our locker room and our coaching staff,” Jackson said. “So this award is NEO men’s basketball’s award, not just me as an individual.”
The Norsemen (23-6), who posted a 13-2 record in Region 2 play, open post-season play against Murray at 3 p.m. Thursday at Shawnee.
The Aggies advanced with a 94-74 win against Redlands.
NEO wrapped up the regular season with an 87-66 victory in a game that saw seven technical fouls called, with the ejection of two Jets.
The Norse were represented on the all-Region 2 basketball team by Ravel Moody, a first-team pick, and Dylan Van Eyck, who was named to the second team.
The 6-6 Moody, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, headed up the Norse scoring with a 14.4 ppg average.
He also pulled down 7.1 rebounds per game and averaged 2.4 assists.
Dylan Van Eyck averaged 9.7 points with 9.5 rebounds per game.
He’s a 6-1 sophomore from Boskoop, Netherlands.
A.J. McNeil of Redlands was named the most valuable player in Region 2.
The 6-3 sophomore guard led the region scoring with a 24.2 point per game average while shooting 53 percent from the field.
He also had 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.
Joining Moody on the first team were 6-6 sophomore forward Deon Berrien of Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, 6-3 sophomore guard Burk Putnam of Connors and 6-1 sophomore guard Elisha Hobbs of Eastern.
The second team included 6-4 sophomore guard Lloyd Daniels of Murray, 6-7 sophomore forward Damien Sears of Western, 6-1 sophomore Romio Harvey of Northern-Enid and 6-4 sophomore guard/wing Keiodre Perry of Northern-Tonkawa.