October 31, 1940 |
Hedgesville, West Virginia
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Born in Hedgesville, West Virginia, Catlett played for West Virginia from 1958 to 1963. He played on the freshman team in 1958-59, but missed the 1959-60 season with a broken wrist. During his three varsity seasons (1960-61 through 1962-63), he helped the Mountaineers to two NCAA tournament berths. West Virginia went 24-4, 24-6 and 23-8 during Catlett's varsity seasons and won the Southern Conference title every season. The 6-foot-5 forward totaled 407 points and 275 rebounds on Coach George King's guard-oriented teams.
After he graduated in 1963, he began his coaching career. He started out in 1963 assistant coaching jobs at the University of Richmond under head coach Lew Mills, then at Davidson College in 1965 under Lefty Driesell, Kansas from 1967 to 1971 under Ted Owens, and finally Kentucky under Adolph Rupp in the 1971–72 season.
In 1972, Catlett was named head coach of University of Cincinnati, succeeding Tay Baker, whose team had gone 17-9 the year before. In Catlett's first season, 1972–73, the Bearcats were also 17-9, and they improved to 19-8 the following year. It was the 1974-75 season that Catlett and the Bearcats reached national prominence. Led by a crop of highly touted recruits including Pat Cummings, Brian Williams, Robert Miller, Mike Jones, Gary Yoder and Steve Collier, the Bearcats were 23-6 and advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals. By 1975-76, the team won the Metro Conference, posted a 25-6 record and were expected to make a deep run into the tournament, but the Bearcats were upset in the first round on a last-second tip-in by Notre Dame. During the three seasons from 1975-76 through 1977-78, the Bearcats were consistently ranked in the AP Poll, including a season-end #2 ranking in 1976-77. That season, the Bearcats were 25-5 and again won the Metro Conference, but they were again ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In six seasons at Cincinnati, Catlett posted a record of 126-44 (a .741 winning percentage). He left Cincinnati after a 17-10 season and under a cloud after the basketball program was penalized by the NCAA for numerous recruiting violations during his tenure.
In 1978, he took over the head coaching job at West Virginia. During the decade before his arrival, the Mountaineers were 116-121. Over the next 24 seasons, he posted a 439-276 record. Catlett's West Virginia teams won an average of 19 games a season and made eight trips to the NCAA tournament, including a 1998 Sweet 16 appearance.
On February 13, 2002, at age 61, Catlett announced his retirement. He had a career college coaching record of 565-320.
Head coaching record
|Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA University Division/Division I independent) (1972–1975)|
|1973–74||Cincinnati||19–8||NIT First Round|
|1974–75||Cincinnati||23–6||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Cincinnati Bearcats (Metro Conference) (1975–1978)|
|1975–76||Cincinnati||25–6||2–1||T–2nd||NCAA Round of 32|
|1976–77||Cincinnati||25–5||4–2||2nd||NCAA Round of 32|
|West Virginia Mountaineers (Eastern Athletic Association/Atlantic 10 Conference) (1978–1995)|
|1980–81||West Virginia||23–10||9–4||3rd||NIT Semifinals|
|1981–82||West Virginia||27–4||13–1||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|1982–83||West Virginia||23–8||10–4||T–1st (West)||NCAA Round of 64|
|1983–84||West Virginia||20–12||9–9||T–4th||NCAA Round of 32|
|1984–85||West Virginia||20–9||16–2||1st||NIT First Round|
|1985–86||West Virginia||22–11||15–3||T–2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|1986–87||West Virginia||23–8||15–3||2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|1988–89||West Virginia||26–5||17–1||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|1990–91||West Virginia||17–14||10–8||T–3rd||NIT Second Round|
|1991–92||West Virginia||20–12||10–6||3rd||NCAA Round of 64|
|1992–93||West Virginia||17–12||7–7||6th||NIT Second Round|
|1993–94||West Virginia||17–12||8–8||T–3rd||NIT Second Round|
|West Virginia (EAA/A-10):||333–170||180–87|
|West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Conference) (1995–2002)|
|1995–96||West Virginia||12–15||7–11||4th (Six)|
|1996–97||West Virginia||21–10||11–7||3rd (Six)||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1997–98||West Virginia||24–9||11–7||3rd (Six)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2000–01||West Virginia||17–12||8–8||4th (West)||NIT First Round|
|2001–02||West Virginia||8–20||1–15||7th (West)|
|West Virginia (Big East):||106–99||48–72|
|West Virginia (total):||439–281||228–159|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Greeks". The Monticola. West Virginia University. 1962. p. 186. The yearbook refers to Catlett as "Wendell G. Catlett".
- McKay, Robert (March 1977), "There's More to Life Than Winning for the Super Cat", Cincinnati Magazine, pp. 49–52 Article refers to Catlett as "W. Gale Catlett".
- Antonik, John. "Profile: Gale Catlett". HoopsZone. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- "Men's Basketball: Head Coach Gale Catlett". West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on February 14, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- "Galet Catlett". WVU Stats. West Virginia University. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- "Gale Catlett". sports-reference. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- Sullivan, Tim (March 14, 1998). "History still to judge Catlett reign at UC". Cincinnati Enquirer.
- Smith, Vicki (February 14, 2002). "Catlett retires after 24 years as West Virginia coach". Associated Press.
- "MacLeod vote not popular". New York Daily News. March 6, 1997. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012.
- Savodnik, Peter (September 29, 2005). "Catlett waits for Capito to make a move". The Hill. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- Julian, Norman. "Gale Catlett". The West Virginia Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 4, 2016.