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Jake Deer

Head Men's Basketball Coach

Godbold Center | 101D



Deer, a native of Indianapolis, IN, spent the past five seasons (2019-2024) as the head men’s basketball coach at a former AAC school, Point University (Ga.) leading the team to 76 wins over five seasons.

While at Point, Deer increased team wins from 8 the year before he came to 17 in his first season while being named AAC Coach of the Year in 2021 and AAC Regular Season Champions. He coached 5 All-Conference first team selections and increased team GPA from 2.0 to 3.25 over his time at Point while also achieving a winning record in 4 of his 5 seasons. 

During his second year at the helm of Point, Deer continued to build on the success the team had accomplished in the previous season and had the best season in program history. The team finished the season 20-7 and led the Appalachian Athletic Conference going into postseason play. The team received votes and broke into the top-25 at No. 25 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2012. The Skyhawks set a new school record during the 2020-21 season with a 10-game winning streak. Deer was named AAC Coach of the Year and had two players earn a spot on the All-AAC first team. He then led the team to another winning record in 2021-22 going 18-16 overall and 13-13 in conference before losing to the AAC Champion Union by 3 in OT in the tournament. His 2022-23 team then went 15-14 overall and 14-10 in conference.

Deer graduated from Southport High School in Indianapolis in 2000, and attended the University of Southern Indiana for one year before transferring to Florida Christian College.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Leadership from Florida Christian College in 2004 and completed his Master of Arts degree in College Athletic Administration from Coker College (S.C.) in the spring of 2015.

Deer and his wife, Carrie, have been married since 2007, and have a daughter, Genesis. 

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2021 AAC Coach of the Year
  • 2021 AAC Regular Season Champions

What do you love about working at Columbia College?

I am excited for the opportunity to start and lead this new program.