Billy Tubbs

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Billy Tubbs (born March 5, 1935) is a former men's college basketball coach. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has been the head coach of his alma mater Lamar University (1976–1980, 2003–2006), the University of Oklahoma (1980–1994) and Texas Christian University (1994–2002). His first head coaching job — from 1971-72 through 1972-73 — was at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, where his teams were 12–16 and 19–8. From there he went to the University of North Texas to serve as assistant coach under Gene Robbins[1] and for one year under Bill Blakely.

Tubbs was known for his high scoring offense and full-court press defense.

Tubbs achieved many coaching milestones during his coaching career. He became the ninth coach in NCAA history to record 100 wins at three different schools (Oklahoma 333, TCU 156 and Lamar 121). He became the 28th coach in NCAA Division I history to record 600 wins in Lamar's 79-67 win over Texas Southern during the 2003-04 season.[2]

In 31 years of coaching, Tubbs compiled a 641-340 (.653) career record, including a 121-89 record in seven years at Lamar. He guided 12 teams to NCAA Tournament appearances, six National Invitation Tournament appearances, eight conference championships, three conference tournament championships and 18 20-win seasons. His 641 wins ranks 34th all-time in NCAA history. While at Oklahoma, Tubbs guided the Sooners to runner-up finishes in the NCAA Tournament (1988) and the National Invitation Tournament (1991). Basketball Weekly named Tubbs National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985.[3]

In March 2006, Tubbs resigned as head coach of Lamar to become the Athletic Director for the Lamar Cardinals. He was succeeded by Steve Roccaforte. In June 2010 Tubbs resigned as Athletic Director to become Special Advisor to Lamar University President James Simmons on Athletics. He was succeeded by Larry Tidwell.

On February 19 during halftime Billy was honored by Lamar with the naming of the Montagne Center basketball court in his and his wife's honor. The court was named the "Billy & Pat Tubbs Court" [4][5] During the same halftime ceremony Lamar also honored Billy's 78-79 Cardinal squad the first team in Lamar University history to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (1976–1980)
1976-1977 Lamar 12-17 6-4 3rd
1977-1978 Lamar 18-9 8-2 2nd
1978-1979 Lamar 23-9 9-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1979-1980 Lamar 22-11 8-2 1st NCAA Sweet 16
Lamar: 75-46 (.620) 32-9 (.780)
Oklahoma (Big Eight Conference) (1980–1994)
1980-1981 Oklahoma 9-18 4-10 7th
1981-1982 Oklahoma 22-11 8-6 3rd NIT Semifinal
1982-1983 Oklahoma 24-9 10-4 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1983-1984 Oklahoma 29-5 13-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1984-1985 Oklahoma 31-6 13-1 1st NCAA Elite 8
1985-1986 Oklahoma 26-9 8-6 T-3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1986-1987 Oklahoma 24-10 9-5 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1987-1988 Oklahoma 35-4 12-2 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1988-1989 Oklahoma 30-6 12-2 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1989-1990 Oklahoma 27-5 11-3 T-2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1990-1991 Oklahoma 20-15 5-9 T-6th NIT Runner-Up
1991-1992 Oklahoma 21-9 8-6 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1992-1993 Oklahoma 20-12 7-7 T-5th NIT 2nd Round
1993-1994 Oklahoma 15-13 6-8 5th NIT 1st Round
Oklahoma: 333-132 (.716) 118-64 (.648)
Texas Christian Horned Frogs (SWC/WAC/C-USA) (1994–2002)
1994-1995 TCU 16-11 8-6 T-3rd
1995-1996 TCU 16-14 6-8 4th
1996-1997 TCU 22-13 7-9 T-4th (Mountain) NIT 2nd Round
1997-1998 TCU 27-6 14-0 1st (Pacific) NCAA 1st Round
1998-1999 TCU 21-11 7-7 T-4th (Mountain) NIT 3rd Round
1999-2000 TCU 18-14 8-6 4th
2000-2001 TCU 20-11 9-7 4th
2001-2002 TCU 16-15 6-10 T-4th
TCU: 156-93 (.627) 65-53(.551)
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (2003–2006)
2003-2004 Lamar 11-18 5-11 10th
2004-2005 Lamar 18-11 9-7 5th
2005-2006 Lamar 17-14 9-7 T-4th
Lamar: 121-89 (.576) 54-34 (.614)
Total: 640-340 (.653)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Assistant coaching positions[edit]

Tubbs was the assistant men's basketball coach at the University of North Texas for three seasons, 1973-74 & 1974-75 under Head Coach Gene Robbins and 1975-76 under Head Coach Bill Blakeley. In Blakeley's first season at North Texas, Tubbs, with newly hired Assistant Coach Jimmy Gales, helped turn around a team that had been 6-20 in 1975, to 22-4 in 1976, averaging 96 points a game – the second highest in the nation. After that season, Tubbs accepted his first head coaching job at Lamar University for the 1976-77 season.

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