Jason Polykoff was hired in June of 2014 and begins his fifth year as head coach of the Earlham College men's basketball program in 2018-19.
The 2017-18 campaign saw the Polykoff-led Quakers achieve several benchmarks highlighting the continued rejuvenation of the Earlham men's basketball program:
- Earlham's six conference victories the most for the program since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) in 2010-11, including three road wins in league play. The Quakers swept the regular season home-and-home series with Manchester, giving Earlham its first sweep of an HCAC opponent in five seasons.
- The Quakers' eight wins in 2017-18 was the most for Earlham since 2006-07.
- Senior Elijah Wilson-Thomas became the first Earlham player to earn HCAC Player of the Week honors, and the first in four seasons to be tabbed with All-HCAC honors. Wilson-Thomas led the HCAC in 3FG made per game, and became the first Earlham men's basketball player since 2009 to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career.
- Sophomore Kenneth Stalling Jr. led the conference in overall steals (49) and steals per game (2.0)
In 2016-17, Polykoff took the Quakers to their best overall wins total in over a decade with six victories.
In 2015-16, Polykoff led Earlham to its first HCAC road victory since the 2012-13 season, a 76-72 triumph at Franklin. The Quakers finished third in the conference in free throw percentage. In addition, Wilson-Thomas led the nation in free throw percentage.
Since being hired at Earlham four years ago, Polykoff has been responsible for bringing in 29 student-athletes to the basketball program.
Before coming to Earlham, Polykoff spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania of the Ivy League and five years as head coach of Friends' Central School. While at Penn, Polykoff’s responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, film, and position specific skill development. He was also the team liaison for academics, financial aid, admissions, and compliance. In Polykoff’s short stint at Penn he helped the team earn notable victories over Princeton and Harvard.
Polykoff went to Penn after spending five years as the head coach at Friends' Central School (FCS) in Wynnewood, Pa. He accumulated a 113-28 record in that time, winning four consecutive Pennsylvania Independent Schools State Championships (2009-12). FCS played in four straight Friends Schools League finals, from 2008-11, winning the title in 2010 and 2011. Polykoff's 2011 team was ranked as high as No. 21 in the nation, No. 1 in Pennsylvania by MaxPreps, and No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Inquirer. While at FCS, Polykoff coached four McDonald's All-America nominees, including Amile Jefferson who was a 2012 McDonald's All-America recipient. Jefferson was a member of Duke University's national championship team in 2015. More than 10 of Polykoff's former players at Friends' Central moved on to play collegiate basketball.
In the spring of 2012, Polykoff was selected to coach the Derby Classic All-American Game in Louisville, Ky. The game featured current NBA players Marcus Smart, Steve Adams, TJ Warren and a host of others. Polykoff was the Main Line Life Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year in 2008, and the "Best High School Coach" for Main Line Magazine's "2012 Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs" edition.
Polykoff played college basketball at Haverford College, where he was team captain in 2005-06. He was the Fords' most valuable player that year, as well as a Philadelphia Area Small College All-Star, and graduated with six top-10 individual career statistical records. In the spring of 2014 Polykoff was honored with the Haverford College Young Alumni Award for Accomplishments in Leadership.
Polykoff and his wife, Katie, and son, Luca, reside in Centerville.
*Last updated - October 7, 2018