Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Jason Hooten
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Tarleton State
Graduating Year: 1993
Phone: 936 294-1747

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Sam Houston State University has compiled nine 20-victory seasons in its 29 years at the NCAA Division I level. Jason Hooten has been a part of seven of those eight seasons either as head coach or as an assistant.

Since he joined the staff in July 2004, the Bearkats have compiled a record of 277 wins and 172 losses. The Sam Houston men have earned Southland tournament berths each of his 14 years in Huntsville (winning the event in 2010, also reaching the finals in 2006, 2014 and 2015 and the semifinals eight times).

Southland Conference champions in 2010, Sam Houston has finished among the top three teams in the league 10 of the last 14 years. In that time the Kats won three West Division titles and advanced to national post-season play four times.

• Named the 19th head coach in Bearkat history on April 2, 2010

• Has directed SHSU to 20-win seasons in three of the last four seasons

• Led SHSU to its third, fourth and fifth postseason appearances in program history when they took

part in three straight Tournaments from 2014 to 2016

• Has the Bearkats as the fourth winningest program among the 23 Division I teams in Texas since the beginning of the 2013-14 season (only behind SMU, SFA and Baylor)

• The Kats have posted 89 wins since 2013-14, the most in a four-year span in program history

• 11 all-Southland Conference selections as SHSU head coach

• Has had two players named to the SLC all-defensive team 

• Coached 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year Gilberto Clavell, 2014 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year Jabari Peters and 2015 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year Michael Holyfield

• Had three players reach the career 1,000-point mark in the same year when Dakarai Henderson, Aurimas Majauskas and Paul Baxter achieved the feat in the 2016-17 season

• Bearkats have led SLC in field-goal percentage defense in two of the last three years

• Of the seven times in program history the Kats have led the SLC in field-goal percentage defense, four of those years being with Hooten on staff as either an assistant or head coach

• Bearkats have qualified for SLC Tournament in each season under Hooten and currently own the longest such streak in the league, having taken part in the last 15 SLC Tournaments 

• Directed the Bearkats to their third consecutive Southland Conference West Division championship and the program's seventh consecutive winning season in his first season as Bearkat head coach in 2010-11

• The Bearkats' 18 wins in 2010-11 represented the most victories by a first-year head coach in the program's NCAA Division I history

• Under Hooten's watch the Kats make their mark at the annual Southland tournament in Katy. Seeded No. 6 in 2013, Sam Houston battled its way to the semifinals, defeating No. 7 seed Central Arkansas 69-63 and No. 3 seed Oral Roberts 58-55 before falling to the eventual tournament champion Northwestern State 55-52

• They followed with appearances in the finals each of the next two years, reaching the tournament finals with victories over Oral Roberts and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2014, and the Islanders again in 2015

• Helped direct SHSU to a 127-59 record. in six years as an assistant

• Helped guide the 2009-10 Bearkats to the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles to earn a berth the NCAA New Orleans regional

• Joined the SHSU staff July 1, 2004

• In 2009 selected Hooten as one of the top 100 NCAA assistant coaches and named him Mid-Major Top 25 assistant coaches honorable mention

• Served as assistant coach at Tarleton State University for head coach Lonn Reisman from 1993 to 2004, helping lead the Texans to a combined 204-111 record in that time

• Served as an assistant coach at Weatherford College from 1991 to 1993 

• Played guard at Tarleton State from 1989-91 following a two-year stint at McLennan CC

• Led the Texans with 123 assists in the 1990-91 season, helping Tarleton to a pair of TIAA championships and a 52-10 record in his two years

• A 1987 graduate of Killeen Ellison High School where he lettered in basketball and baseball

• Earned All-CenTex and All-Super CenTex honors

• Named as a Killeen ISD Distinguished Alum

• Holds two degrees from Tarleton State, earning a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport studies in 1993 and a master's in 1995

• Married to the former Kristen Miller

• The pair have a daughter, Jadyn, and a son Jayce

Overall Record: 137-98 (7 seasons)
Sam Houston State Record: Same
Southland Conference Record: 75-47

Season School Overall Record SLC Record (Finish) Postseason
2016-17 Sam Houston State 21-12 10-8 (5th)  
2015-16 Sam Houston State 18-16 12-6 (3rd) CIT First Round 
2014-15 Sam Houston State 26-9 15-3 (2nd) CIT Second Round 
2013-14 Sam Houston State 24-11 13-5 (3rd) CIT Second Round
2012-13 Sam Houston State 17-17 8-10 (5th)  
2011-12 Sam Houston State 13-19 7-9 (7th)  
2010-11 Sam Houston State 18-13 10-6 (3rd)  
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