George McCarty

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George McCarty
Biographical details
Born(1915-10-15)October 15, 1915
Bassett, Texas
DiedNovember 30, 2011(2011-11-30) (aged 96)
Marble Falls, Texas
Playing career
1938New Mexico State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949–1953New Mexico State
1953–1959Texas Western
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1961–1973Texas Western / UTEP
Head coaching record

George Courtney McCarty (October 15, 1915 – November 30, 2011) was an American college basketball coach and athletic director.

McCarty attended and played football at New Mexico State University. His college career was interrupted by World War II as he was drafted into the U. S. Army. McCarty served until 1946 and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel as a pilot and flight instructor.[1]

McCarty's college coaching career began at his alma mater, as he led the Aggies to a 65–55 record from 1949 to 1953. He then moved to UTEP, where he coached from 1953 to 1959. He compiled a record of 75–58 and broke the color barrier at UTEP, recruiting the program's first African-American player, Charles Brown.[2]

Following his stint as head coach of the Miners, McCarty was named athletic director at UTEP, a position he held until 1970. During this time, he hired future Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins - who brought UTEP their only national basketball championship in 1966. In 1970, McCarty left UTEP to become athletic director at the University of Wyoming, where he served until 1980. He retired to Albuquerque, where he ran the fund-raising efforts of the school's athletic club.[2]

McCarty died November 30, 2011 at his home in Marble Falls, Texas.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
New Mexico State Aggies (Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1949–1953)
1949–50 New Mexico State 17-13 7-11 NAIA First Round
1950–51 New Mexico State 19-14 10-6 T-2nd
1951–52 New Mexico State 22-11 14-4 T-1st NCAA First Round
1952–53 New Mexico State 7-17 5-9 T-5th
New Mexico State: 65–55 (.542) 36–30 (.545)
Texas Western Miners (Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1953–1959)
1953–54 Texas Western 8-14 4-8 T-5th
1954–55 Texas Western 13-8 8-4 T-3rd
1955–56 Texas Western 12-10 7-5 T-2nd
1956–57 Texas Western 14-8 8-2 1st
1957–58 Texas Western 14-9 5-5 3rd
1958–59 Texas Western 14-9 7-3 T-1st
Texas Western: 75–58 (.564) 39–27 (.591)
Total: 123–100 (.552)

      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


  1. ^ George McCarty Obituary, accessed December 11, 2011
  2. ^ a b Bill Knight (December 10, 2011). "Former Aggie coach McCarty dies at 96". Las Cruces Sun-News. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2011.