Billy Tubbs

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Billy Tubbs
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Biographical details
Born (1935-03-05) March 5, 1935 (age 81)
St. Louis, Missouri
Alma mater Lamar State College of Technology
(B.A., 1957)
Stephen F. Austin State University
(M.A., 1959)
Playing career
1953–1955 Lon Morris JC
1955–1957 Lamar Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1971 Lamar Tech (asst.)
1971–1973 Southwestern
1973–1976 North Texas (asst.)
1976–1980 Lamar
1980–1994 Oklahoma
1994–2002 TCU
2003–2006 Lamar
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2002–2011 Lamar
Head coaching record
Overall 641–340
Tournaments 18–12 (NCAA D-I)
11–6 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships

Billy David 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]

Early life and college playing career[edit]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Tubbs grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Central High School in Tulsa. Tubbs then attended Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, Texas and lettered in basketball from 1955 to 1957.[3][4] As a junior in 1955–56, Tubbs averaged 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds for Lamar Tech.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Tubbs was an assistant at Lamar Tech from 1960 to 1971. Later, he was head coach at Southwestern University from 1971 to 1973. 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.

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.[6]

On May 27, 2002, Billy Tubbs returned to Lamar University as Director of Athletics.[7] Ten months later, on March 21, 2003, he also became Lamar University head basketball coach.[8] In March 2006, Tubbs resigned as head coach of Lamar, but remained as Director of Athletics. He was succeeded by Steve Roccaforte. On June 14, 2010, Tubbs resigned as Athletic Director to become Special Advisor to Lamar University President James Simmons on Athletics.[9] He was succeeded by Larry Tidwell. Billy Tubbs retired at the end of August, 2011.[10]

In a halftime ceremony on February 19, 2011, Lamar dedicated the Montagne Center basketball floor as the "Billy & Pat Tubbs Court", named in honor of the coach and his wife. [11][12] During the same ceremony the school also honored Billy's 1978-79 Cardinals squad, the first team in Lamar University history to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Coaching tree[edit]

These assistant coaches and players of Tubbs later became head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (1976–1980)
1976–77 Lamar 12–17 6–4 3rd
1977–78 Lamar 18–9 8–2 2nd
1978–79 Lamar 23–9 9–1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1979–80 Lamar 22–11 8–2 1st NCAA Sweet 16
Lamar: 75–46 (.620) 32–9 (.780)
Oklahoma Sooners (Big Eight Conference) (1980–1994)
1980–81 Oklahoma 9–18 4–10 7th
1981–82 Oklahoma 22–11 8–6 3rd NIT Semifinal
1982–83 Oklahoma 24–9 10–4 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1983–84 Oklahoma 29–5 13–1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1984–85 Oklahoma 31–6 13–1 1st NCAA Elite 8
1985–86 Oklahoma 26–9 8–6 T–3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1986–87 Oklahoma 24–10 9–5 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1987–88 Oklahoma 35–4 12–2 1st NCAA Runner–Up
1988–89 Oklahoma 30–6 12–2 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1989–90 Oklahoma 27–5 11–3 T–2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1990–91 Oklahoma 20–15 5–9 T–6th NIT Runner–Up
1991–92 Oklahoma 21–9 8–6 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
1992–93 Oklahoma 20–12 7–7 T–5th NIT 2nd Round
1993–94 Oklahoma 15–13 6–8 5th NIT 1st Round
Oklahoma: 333–132 (.716) 118–64 (.648)
TCU Horned Frogs (Southwest Conference) (1994–1996)
1994–95 TCU 16–11 8–6 T–3rd
1995–96 TCU 16–14 6–8 4th
TCU Horned Frogs (Western Athletic Conference) (1996–2001)
1996–97 TCU 22–13 7–9 T–4th (Mountain) NIT 2nd Round
1997–98 TCU 27–6 14–0 1st (Pacific) NCAA 1st Round
1998–99 TCU 21–11 7–7 T–4th (Mountain) NIT 3rd Round
1999–00 TCU 18–14 8–6 4th
2000–01 TCU 20–11 9–7 4th
TCU Horned Frogs (Conference USA) (2001–2002)
2001–02 TCU 16–15 6–10 T–4th
TCU: 156–93 (.627) 65–53(.551)
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (2003–2006)
2003–04 Lamar 11–18 5–11 10th
2004–05 Lamar 18–11 9–7 5th
2005–06 Lamar 17–14 9–7 T–4th
Lamar: 121–89 (.576) 54–34 (.614)
Total: 640–340 (.653)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

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