Presley Askew

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Presley Askew
Sport(s) Basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1909-11-17)November 17, 1909
Le Flore, Oklahoma
Died February 7, 1994(1994-02-07) (aged 84)
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Alma mater Eastern Oklahoma State College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Basketball
1930–1932 Fanshawe Public School (assistant)
1932-1937 Fanshawe Public School
1937–1942 Red Oak HS
1942–1948 Van Buren HS
1948–1949 Arkansas (assistant)
1949–1952 Arkansas
1952–1953 Connors State
1953–1965 New Mexico A&M / State
Baseball
1957–1965 New Mexico A&M / State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1953–1958 New Mexico A&M
Head coaching record
Overall 169–183 (college basketball)
68–126–3 (college baseball)
Tournaments Basketball
0–2 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Basketball
1 Southwest Conference regular season (1950)
3 Border Conference regular season (1959–1961)

Presley Askew (November 17, 1909 – February 7, 1994) was an American basketball and baseball coach. Overall Askew won 169 games at New Mexico State and Arkansas and had an overall record of 509–312 in all high school and college coaching. Born in Red Oak, Oklahoma, Askew played basketball and graduated from Red Oak High School in 1926. He played for and graduated from Eastern Oklahoma State College, and eventually Oklahoma State University in 1930. He began coaching at Fanshawe Public School and became head varsity coach in 1932. In 1937 Askew moved to his hometown Red Oak High School to coach and was there until 1942 when he moved on to Van Buren High School in Arkansas. Askew's teams at Van Buren were very competitive and went to the state championship tournaments.

In 1947 Askew accepted an assistant coaching position at Arkansas and the following year was named the head coach. In his first season he tied for first in the Southwest Conference. The following two seasons were not as good and he was fired. Askew coached at Connors State College the next season before being hired as the head basketball and baseball coach at what was then New Mexico A&M in 1953.

Askew coached New Mexico State for twelve seasons that included three Border Conference championships and two NCAA tournament appearances. He resigned after the 1964–65 season.

New Mexico State dedicated their baseball field as Presley Askew Field in 1981 in honor of their former coach.

Askew was awarded the NABC Merit and Honor awards in 1977. He died on February 7, 1994 at the age of 84 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.[citation needed]

Head coaching record[edit]

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1949–1952)
1949–50 Arkansas 12–12 8–4 T–1st
1950–51 Arkansas 13–11 7–5 4th
1951–52 Arkansas 10–14 4–8 T–6th
Arkansas: 35–37 19–17
New Mexico A&M / State Aggies (Border Conference) (1953–1962)
1953–54 New Mexico A&M 6–12 3–9 T–6th
1954–55 New Mexico A&M 6–13 1–11 7th
1955–56 New Mexico A&M 16–7 7–5 T–2nd
1956–57 New Mexico A&M 6–18 3–7 6th
1957–58 New Mexico A&M 14–9 7–3 2nd
1958–59 New Mexico A&M 17–11 7–3 T–1st NCAA First Round
1959–60 New Mexico A&M 20–7 8–2 1st NCAA First Round
1960–61 New Mexico State 19–5 9–1 T–1st
1961–62 New Mexico State 10–14 3–5 T–3rd
New Mexico State Aggies (NCAA University Division independent) (1963–1965)
1962–63 New Mexico State 4–17
1963–64 New Mexico State 8–15
1964–65 New Mexico State 8–18
New Mexico State: 134–146 48–46
Total: 169–183

      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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