Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Athletic Hall of Fame

Jerry Jobe

Jerry Jobe won over 500 games as a basketball coach in a highly successful career that spanned more than 26 years first at Chickasha High School, then Southwestern before concluding at Oklahoma Christian College.

Jobe was hired at SWOSU in 1963 to take over the coaching duties in both basketball and baseball for the retiring Rankin Williams. Jobe’s baseball teams were some of the best in SWOSU history in which the Bulldogs routinely finished at or near the top. His best team was the 1966 squad that finished the year as state champions after beating rival Phillips University and Oklahoma Baptist in the playoffs.

On the basketball court, Jobe guided the Bulldogs to a 198-108 record in his 11 years, including winning 20 or more games four times. His 1968-69 team ended the year with 23-8 record and advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. Jobe’s best team was his 1966-1967 squad that finished the year 23-5. Among the wins was a 63-62 victory over unbeaten and defending NAIA Champion Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee..

Jobe coached several of the greatest players ever to play for SWOSU including the two of the leading scorers in school history Archie McGill and Lloyd Lacy plus All-American Amos Thomas who was later played in the NBA.

Jobe left SWOSU in 1975 and coached basketball at Oklahoma Christian for eight more seasons. He posted a 211-56 record at OCC. His teams won 30 or more games three times, and his 1982 Eagle team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament.

Jobe would later join Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association, where he served as associate executive secretary for 13 years before retiring in 1995.

He and his wife, Laura Beth, live in Norman, where they enjoy visiting their cabin at Lake Texoma and spending time with their eight grandchildren.