Jim Wooldridge

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Jim Wooldridge
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Team UC Riverside
Biographical details
Born (1955-08-22) August 22, 1955 (age 60)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Playing career
1973–1977 Louisiana Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1978 Louisiana Tech (asst.)
1978–1982 East Central Oklahoma State (asst.)
1982–1985 Central Missouri State (asst.)
1985–1991 Central Missouri State
1991–1994 Southwest Texas State
1994–1998 Louisiana Tech
1998–2000 Chicago Bulls (asst.)
2000–2006 Kansas State
2007–2013 UC Riverside
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2013–present UC Riverside
Head coaching record
Overall 382–349 (.537)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Southland Tournament Championship (1994)

Jim Wooldridge is a former American college basketball coach and the current athletic director at the University of California, Riverside.[1] Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Woolridge played on Putnam City High School's class 4A state basketball championship team in 1972. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Louisiana Tech in 1977, then earned a master’s degree in education from East Central University in 1979.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Wooldridge previously held the head coaching position at Central Missouri State, Southwest Texas State University, Kansas State University and Louisiana Tech University. He was also an assistant with the Chicago Bulls during the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons under former college teammate Tim Floyd.

During his coaching career, he has inherited an NCAA sanctioned Louisiana Tech team and a Kansas State team that had won just nine games the previous season. While improving the Kansas State Wildcats program, he was unable to reach the postseason and was ultimately let go. He went on to work in the athletic department for Texas State before becoming the head coach at UC Riverside. In his first year at UC Riverside, Wooldridge led the team to their first postseason victory in four years; a 62–54 victory over Cal Poly in the first round of the Big West tournament. In his second year, he tied the record for most wins in a season at UC Riverside since moving to the Division I level. His former assistant at Texas State and Kansas State Mike Miller is the head coach at Eastern Illinois University.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Central Missouri State Mules (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1985–1991)
1985–86 Central Missouri State 17–10 9–3 2nd
1986–87 Central Missouri State 20–8 8–6 3rd
1987–88 Central Missouri State 18–10 8–6 4th
1988–89 Central Missouri State 22–9 8–6 4th NCAA Tournament (Div. II)
1989–90 Central Missouri State 27–6 12–4 2nd NCAA Tournament (Div. II)
1990–91 Central Missouri State 27–5 13–3 2nd NCAA Tournament (Div. II)
Central Missouri State: 131–48 (.732) 58–28 (.674)
Southwest Texas State Bobcats (Southland Conference) (1991–1994)
1991–92 Southwest Texas State 7–20 4–14 8th
1992–93 Southwest Texas State 14–13 9–9 5th
1993–94 Southwest Texas State 25–7 14–4 2nd NCAA First Round
Southwest Texas State: 46–40 (.535) 27–27 (.500)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Sun Belt Conference) (1994–1998)
1994–95 Louisiana Tech 14–13 9–9 5th
1995–96 Louisiana Tech 11–17 6–12 9th
1996–97 Louisiana Tech 15–14 10–8 4th
1997–98 Louisiana Tech 12–15 9–9 5th
Louisiana Tech: 52–59 (.468) 34–38 (.472)
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 Conference) (2000–2006)
2000–01 Kansas State 11–18 4–12 10th
2001–02 Kansas State 13–16 6–10 T–7th
2002–03 Kansas State 13–17 4–12 11th
2003–04 Kansas State 14–14 6–10 T–9th
2004–05 Kansas State 17–12 6–10 10th
2005–06 Kansas State 15–13 6–10 T–7th
Kansas State: 83–90 (.480) 32–64 (.333)
UC Riverside Highlanders (Big West Conference) (2007–present)
2007–08 UC Riverside 9–21 4–12 7th
2008–09 UC Riverside 17–13 8–8 T–4th
2009–10 UC Riverside 12–17 5–11 9th
2010–11 UC Riverside 12–19 6–10 T–7th
2011–12 UC Riverside 14–17 7–9 5th
2012–13 UC Riverside 6–25 3–15 10th
UC Riverside: 70–112 (.424) 30–58 (.386)
Total: 382–349 (.537)

      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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