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Xavier's 29 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most
in the history of Louisiana men's college basketball

Men's Basketball
updated August 27, 2014

Head Coach:   Dannton Jackson (12th season), (504) 520-5448 or djackson@xula.edu
Publicity Contact:   Ed Cassiere, (504) 520-5707 or ecassier@xula.edu

Next:   The Gold Rush look forward to the start of the 2014-15 season. The first game will be played in early November. The schedule has yet to be announced. XU will seek its fourth consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

Recruiting:   Signed for the 2014-15 season are:
  •  Troy Salvant of Marrero, La.
  •  Josh Freeman of Chicago, Ill.
  •  Jacques Johnson of Ridgeland, Miss.
  •  Charles Savoy of Alpharetta, Ga.
  •  story about Savoy's signing
  •  story about the others
  •  WDSU-TV feature on Troy Salvant

The Record:   Xavier was 23-9 overall and 10-2 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in 2013-14. The Gold Rush won the GCAC regular-season championship for the third consecutive season and lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament. XU qualifed for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship for the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.

Most Recently:   Xavier lost 61-52 to Hope International in the first round of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship at Kansas City, Mo.
  •  story
  •  stats

Rankings:   Xavier tied for 16th in the 2013-14 NAIA Division I Coaches' Postseason Top 25.
  •  story

For the Record:   Dannton Jackson became the winningest head coach in Gold Rush history when Xavier won 71-66 at Spring Hill on December 17. Jackson is 249-106 in his 11th season.
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  •  stats

Defensive Pride:   XU ranked third in NAIA Division I in 2013-14 in field-goal percentage defense (.392) and eighth in scoring defense (66.6). XU also ranked eighth in rebound margin (plus-7.3).

Praise on the Air:   Here's what Loyola play-by-play announcer Ken Trahan said about Xavier coach Dannton Jackson during the game broadcast of December 17, 2011, on WGSO Radio:  "The Gold Rush are a good team. Dannton Jackson's always got his team prepared. They always do an outstanding job. They run their offense, pass the ball, play hard defense."

Excellent Report Card:   Of the 30 senior student-athletes to play for Dannton Jackson at Xavier during his head-coaching tenure, 29 received degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled.

Consistent Success:   The Gold Rush in 2013-14 extended a program record with a 14th consecutive winning season. Since a 14-21 record in 1989-90, the Gold Rush have strung together 23 consecutive non-losing seasons, including .500 records in 1996-97 and 1998-99 and 15 seasons of 20 or more victories.

Coach Dannton Jackson
LABC Small College Coach of the Year in 2014
Court coach of 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team
GCAC Coach of the Year in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14
School-record 249-107 in 11 seasons as coach of the Gold Rush
Pro players turn to him to fine-tune their skills

XU Coach Dannton Jackson

click here for larger view of 2012-13 team photo

The 2013-14 Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team.

15 Xavier appearances at the
NAIA Division I National Championship

1972   •   1973   •   1981   •   1982   •   1991
1996   •   2001   •   2004   •   2005   •   2007
2008   •   2011   •   2012   •   2013   •   2014


The Gold Rush locker room in the Convocation Center, which opened in 2012
The Gold Rush locker room in the Convocation Center, which opened in 2012.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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