Paul Covington

High School Career (1949-1952)

• Douglas High School, Lexington, KY


College Career

Jackson State College

• Lettered 4 years in basketball, 1 year in tennis, 2 years in baseball

• Team Captain (’54-’56)

• First Team All Mid-Western Conference Basketball (’55, ‘56)


Professional Career

Head Basketball Coach, Higgins High School, (1958-1962)

• Conference Champions (’59, ‘61-’62)

• Conference Coach of the Year (’61)

Coahoma Junior College (1965)

• Mississippi JUCO Champions (’64)

• Coach of the Year (’64)

Assistant Coach, Jackson State (1964-1967)
Head Coach, Jackson State (1967-1986)

• Career Record 338-195

• 6 SWAC Championships (’68-’70, ‘75, ‘82)

• Five-time SWAC Coach of the Year

• 6 postseason tournament appearances

• NAIA National Tournament (’69, ‘70)

• Ranked No. 1 Nationally in NCAA Division 2 Poll (’75)

• Won 64 of his first 81 games as Head Coach

Assistant Athletic Director, Jackson State (’86-’95)
Athletic Director, Jackson State (’95-’99)


Special Recognition

• First African American to serve with the Presidential Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetary during his Army service (1956-1958)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Jackson State Athletic Hall of Fame (1988)

• SWAC Hall of Fame (2003)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2008)


Did You Know?

Four players from Coach Covington’s 1970 SWAC championship team were drafted by the NBA. Brothers Eugene (1975) and Purvis Short (1978) were both first round draft choices. Covington, an honors graduate from Jackson State with a Masters from the University of Kentucky, stressed education to his players: 67% of them received their undergraduate degrees.

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