Oak Hill native Jackson will replace D'Antoni as Marshall head coach

Mar. 25—Oak Hill native Corny Jackson has been named the new head men's basketball coach at Marshall, the university announced Monday evening.

Marshall is not retaining Mullens native Dan D'Antoni, who is out after 10 seasons with the Thundering Herd.

"This has been an inspiring decade of Marshall Basketball under the leadership of Coach D'Antoni," Director of Athletics Christian Spears said in a statement. "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."

"Danny has been everything that we mean when we speak of greatness with Marshall University," Marshall University President Brad D. Smith said. "From his time as a revered player for the Herd to his days coaching in the NBA and his subsequent journey home, his pride and love for Marshall has always shined through.

"As a proud Son of Marshall and proud West Virginian, he has worked diligently to not only set the standard for excellence within his program, but also to bring the community and state closer to our beloved university with initiatives like the 'Running With The Herd' program. We look forward to him continuing to be one of Marshall University's biggest supporters and most influential ambassadors."

D'Antoni took over the program in 2014 and amassed an overall record of 177-148 (.545), including a 95-81 mark in conference play. His 177 wins are second in program history to Cam Henderson, who was 362-159 over 20 seasons.

In 2018, D'Antoni led Marshall to the Conference USA Championship and first berth into the NCAA Tournament since 1987. As a No. 13 seed, the Herd defeated No. 4 Wichita State 81-75 in the opening round before falling to West Virginia in the round of 32.

That was Jackson's first season on the bench with D'Antoni. He was elevated to associate head coach last year.

The Oak Hill alumnus was the 1996 Evans Award winner as the top high school player in West Virginia. He averaged 28.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.8 assists that season.

Jackson originally signed with the University of Tennessee before transferring to Marshall. He was the starting point guard for three years and started every game of his career.

Jackson had previously been an assistant coach at West Virginia State, UT Martin and Cleveland State.

"Coach D'Antoni has always understood the importance of Marshall-based people being involved in our men's basketball program and in Marshall Athletics — those who have given their heart and sweat equity to the university in pursuit of its success," Spears said. "Through his mentorship and guidance over the past decade, he has helped pave a path to ensure that continues in the future while expanding Marshall's coaching presence in the college ranks.

"That is why I am so confident that Corny has been prepared for this and is ready to be our Head Coach. Danny also believes in him and his ability to get us back to a tournament championship and the NCAA Tournament."

An official introductory press conference will be announced in the near future.

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