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Head Coach Janson Hightower

Janson Hightower begins his fifth season as head coach of the Pirates.

In his first season, Hightower led the Pirates to a 15-11 record and berth in the SCAC Championship where they advanced to the semifinals. Hightower had four players earn All-SCAC honors, one Second Team, one Third Team and two Honorable Mentions.

Hightower joined the Southwestern staff in August of 2012 as the assistant men's basketball coach and assistant golf coach. During his two seasons, Southwestern players earned six All-SCAC honors and the Pirates made the SCAC Conference Tournament both seasons.

Hightower is no stranger to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball. He was a standout at Hendrix College and team captain his senior season. He led the team in assists three seasons and was the Hendrix College NCAA Division III assists leader. Hightower also led the Warriors in steals his senior year and was a member of the teams that advanced to the SCAC Conference Tournament semi-finals in 2008 and 2009. Hightower was also selected as the Carl Babcock Award Winner, awarded to one Hendrix College male athlete for character and leadership in athletics. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in economics and business.

Prior to Southwestern, Hightower was a graduate assistant and operations director for the men's basketball program at the University of Central Arkansas where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration in May 2012.

Hightower has been a head coach for the Georgetown Fury Select Club Basketball Program for two summers, coaching 20 junior varsity and varsity level players to numerous tournament championships statewide.


Hometown: Owasso, Oklahoma
High School: Owasso High School
Alma Mater: Hendrix College '10; University of Central Arkansas '12
Bachelor's Degree: Economics
Master's Degree: Business Administration
Wife: Katie


2014-present: Southwestern University Head Coach
2012-14: Southwestern University Assistant Coach
2010-12: University of Central Arkansas Graduate Assistant