Larry Tidwell

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Larry Tidwell
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born Sanger, Texas
Playing career
1971-72 TCU
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
(2007-2013) Lamar
(2013-present) Texas–Pan American

Larry Tidwell is a native of Sanger, Texas. He is currently the head coach of the Texas–Pan American women's basketball team.[1] He was previously the Athletic Director at Lamar until he stepped down from that post in May 2011 to become head coach.[2]


Tidwell is a 35-year coaching veteran and has worked in the Big 12 Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the former Southwest Conference and currently the Southland Conference. He is credited with helping sign, develop and coach more than 20 student athletes who have taken their talents to the professional level, the most recent being Tamara Albalde who was the SLC's Freshman of the Year in 2007-2008 and a first-team all-conference selection before signing with a team in her native Spain, in addition to playing for the Spanish National Team in the 2008 Olympics.


During Tidwell's tenure at Baylor, the Bears' recruiting classes were twice recognized among the Top 25 in the nation. In all, 12 of his 17 college recruiting classes have been ranked among the nation's Top 40.


Tidwell went to TCU after a brief stint as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida. He also spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor University, helping the Bears win 35 games over his final two seasons and securing a Women's National Invitation Tournament berth. Tidwell was instrumental in bringing in TCU's 2000 recruiting class, which was ranked 22nd in the country. His dedicated work continued as the Lady Frogs' 2001 class was ranked as high as fourth nationally, making it the most highly touted in the program's history. The Lady Frogs' 2003 class was also ranked in the Top 10.


Tidwell came to Lamar in 2007 after serving eight seasons as an assistant coach and recruiter at TCU, helping the Lady Frogs achieve 173 victories and seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Tidwell's first Lamar team pulled off a stunner by advancing to the championship game of the 2008 Southland Conference Tournament with wins of 60-48 over preseason favorite Stephen F. Austin and 63-50 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Last season, the Lady Cardinals again defeated SFA in the first round of the tournament before falling to Texas-Arlington in the semifinals.

Last season, the Lady Cardinals posted a 26-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the Southland Conference. Lamar won the SLC regular-season and tournament titles, as the Lady Cards advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. Tidwell was named the Texas Basketball Coaches Association Division I Women's Basketball Coach of the Year for his efforts.[3]

Tidwell coached the Southland Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in Jenna Plumley, who was also the Texas Basketball Coaches Association Division I Women's Player of the Year. Plumley was among the national leaders in 3-pointers, assists and steals. Last season's 26 wins were the second-most in school history. In his four seasons at the helm of the Lady Cards, Tidwell has fashioned a 90-40 mark, putting him second on Lamar's all-time list for wins.

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lamar Cardinals (Southland) (2007–2011)
2007-2008 Lamar 19-13 10-6 2nd
2008-2009 Lamar 20-11 10-6 3rd
2009-2010 Lamar 26-8 13-3 1st NCAA 1st Round
2010-2011 Lamar 25-8 13-3 2nd WNIT 1st Round
Total: 90-40

      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


In 2010, the Texas Assosciation of Basketball Coaches (TABC) named Tidwell "Division I Coach of the Year" for women's college basketball.[4]

In 2008, Tidwell was the recipient of the TGCA's prestigious Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award for his then 32 years of service to the organization. He also has worked as assistant director of the TABC summer camps for girls. Named "Teacher of the Year" on two occasions, he was honored as Schulenburg's "Citizen of the Year" in 1991.

In 2002, he earned AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year.[5]

A member of the Austin College and Sanger H.S. Hall of Fames.[6]