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Coach Jimbo Tolbert is entering his second year as the head coach for the boys' basketball program.  He led the Aggies to the sub-regional round of the 5-A state playoffs losing to Greenville.  Jackson finished the 2014-2015 regular season in a tie for first place in area play and a second place finish in the area tournament.  The Aggies posted an overall record of (12-13).

Prior to coming to Jackson, Coach Tolbert, spent four seasons at UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, Al.  He lead the Bulldogs to two 4-A sub-regional appearances and a (57-54) overall record.

Prior to UMS-Wright, Coach Tolbert spent three seasons at Coastal Carolina University, where he served as Director of Basketball Operations for the CCU men’s basketball program. At Coastal Carolina, he served under Coach Cliff Ellis, whom he knew when he was a manager for Auburn’s men’s basketball team from 1998-2001. While at Auburn, Tolbert coordinated team practice and game logistics, worked with the video editing system, and assisted with the coordination of team meals. Coach Tolbert was also added to the squad for the 2000 NCAA Tournament, seeing action in an opening round win against Creighton. He has worked numerous camps throughout his career, including camps run by Ellis, Joe Dean Jr., Jimmy Tillette, and John Pelphrey. He graduated from Auburn University in December 2003.

Coach Tolbert was the head boys’ basketball coach at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School in Montgomery from 2006-2007. He led his team to a 19-10 record, and a runner-up finish in the class 3A-Area 4 Tournament. The squad also advanced to the sub-regional state playoffs while breaking seven school records.


During those two years, Coach Tolbert also coached the Birmingham Raptors 17-under AAU team, coaching eight players who went on to play college basketball, including five at the NCAA Division I level. Coach Tolbert served as an assistant coach at John Carroll Catholic for two years, helping the team to a 54-14 record in that span. In his first season, the team captured the class 6A state championship with a 31-3 record. He helped guide the team to a 23-11 record the following season and a berth in the Class 6A Northwest Regional (state Sweet 16). Coach Tolbert was head coach of the freshman boys’ team, posting a 26-19 record in two seasons, including winning the Metro Tournament.

Coach Tolbert graduated from Montgomery Catholic in 1998, earning varsity letters his final two seasons. He set a new single-season school record for three-pointers his junior year while helping the squad to its first winning record in five years and earning Honorable Mention All-Capital City Conference honors. As a starter his senior year, Coach Tolbert led the team to the Class 2A Southeast Regional, broke his own single-season three-point mark, and set new single-game and career three-point records. For his efforts, he again earned Honorable Mention All-City accolades and added a Capital City Conference All-Tournament team award. He was also selected to participate in the Alabama Power Slam Three-Point Shootout during the state final four.

Coach Tolbert and his wife Jennifer, along with their son Bryson (8) and daughter Clare (2), are enjoying being a part of the Jackson Aggie family.