October 5, 1966 |
|1989||San Antonio Spurs|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1990–1992||East Tennessee State (asst.)|
|1993–1998||South Carolina (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× OVC regular season championship (2001, 2002)
CIT championship (2013)
|3x OVC Coach of the Year (2000, 2001, 2002)|
Jeffrey Brian Lebo (born October 5, 1966) is the head men's basketball coach at East Carolina University. He was previously the head men's basketball coach at Auburn University (2004–2010), the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2002–04), and Tennessee Tech (1998–2002). Before becoming a head coach, he spent a total of eight years as an assistant coach at South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and East Tennessee State.
Lebo was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As a high school player, he played for his father, Dave Lebo, at Carlisle High School, where he was a McDonald's All-American. The elder Lebo would later serve as an assistant to his son, at Auburn. As a collegian, Lebo was a 4-year starter(1986–1989) while playing for legendary coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. While at Carolina, Lebo set the Tar Heel record for most consecutive free throws made (41 from January 3 to March 12, 1989), the most assists in a single game (17 vs. vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga on November 18, 1988) and graduated with the highest ever free throw shooting percentage (.839) in Tar Heel history. Lebo was also an Academic All American and graduated in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. After leaving the Tar Heels, Lebo had a brief NBA career as a member of the San Antonio Spurs during the 1989-90 season, appearing in four games.
On March 12, 2010, following a loss to Florida in the 2010 SEC men's basketball tournament in Nashville, Lebo was fired as the head basketball coach after compiling a 96-93 record at Auburn and no post-season NCAA tournament bids.
On March 22, 2010, Lebo was named head coach at East Carolina University. During his first year in Greenville, Lebo led the ECU Pirates basketball team to 18 wins, their first winning season since 1997, and a spot in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament which was the first post-season appearance by the Pirates since the 1993 NCAA Tournament. The 18 wins were the second most wins ever by the ECU Pirates since becoming a Division I basketball team. During his third year at ECU, Lebo again led the Pirates to the CIT Tournament. The Pirates defeated Weber State and won the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Championship that year.
Head coaching record
|Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley Conference) (1998–2002)|
|2001–02||Tennessee Tech||27–7||15–1||1st||NIT Quarterfinals|
|Tennessee Tech:||75–43 (.636)||47–21 (.691)|
|Chattanooga (Southern Conference) (2002–2004)|
|Chattanooga:||40–20 (.667)||21–11 (.656)|
|Auburn (Southeastern Conference) (2004–2010)|
|2008–09||Auburn||24–12||10–6||2nd (West)||NIT Quarterfinals|
|Auburn:||96–93 (.508)||35–61 (.365)|
|East Carolina (Conference USA) (2010–2014)|
|2010–11||East Carolina||18–16||8–8||T–7th||CIT First Round|
|2012–13||East Carolina||23–12||9–7||T–4th||CIT Champions|
|2013–14||East Carolina||17–17||5–11||T–12th||CIT First Round|
|East Carolina (American Athletic Conference) (2014–present)|
|East Carolina:||114–118 (.491)||43–75 (.364)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
*Lebo underwent hip surgery on January 16, 2017 and missed the rest of the 2016–17 season. Assistant coach Michael Perry took over as head coach in Lebo's absence. At the time of Lebo's absence, ECU was 9–10 overall and 1–5 in AAC play.