The Bears won their first national title in dramatic fashion. Shaw came from 14 points down in the second half to push the contest into overtime finally, prevailing by a score of 88-82.
In doing so the Bears ended second-ranked Ashland University’s 33- game winning streak. The awards keep coming for Shaw women’s basketball coach Jacques Curtis. In addition to his win with the Shaw women’s basketball team, the Savannah native was named the winner of the second annual Clarence “Big House” Gaines Award presented to the top minority basketball coaches in Division I and II.
Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Shaw, before being named men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Savannah State in 1998, amassing a 20-34 record in two seasons.
Curtis graduated from Savannah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Information Science from North Carolina Central University.
Originally from Savannah, GA, Curtis now lives in Raleigh. He is married to Michelle and has two sons, Jacquim and Jamile.