Rex Hughes

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Rex Hughes
Biographical details
Born (1938-09-24) September 24, 1938 (age 80)
Died(2016-05-09)May 9, 2016
Nipomo, California
Alma materRedondo High School (1956)[1]
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963-1964North Torrance High School (assistant)
1963-1968Redondo High School[1]
1968-1969Long Beach City College
1969-1973University of Nebraska (assistant)
1973–1974University of Southern California (assistant)
1974-1978Kent State University
1978-1979Montana Sky (Great Falls, Montana) (Western Basketball Association)
1979-1981University of Nevada Las Vegas (assistant)
1990-1992Sacramento Kings (Assistant)
1991-1992Sacramento Kings
1992-1993San Antonio Spurs (Assistant)
1992-1993San Antonio Spurs
1995-1997Vancouver Grizzlies (assistant)
Accomplishments and honors
Redondo High School Hall of Fame (2013)[1]
  • JUCO: 23-5 .821
  • NCAA: 27-63 .300
  • NBA: 23-35 .397[3][4]

Rex Hughes (September 24, 1938[5] – May 9, 2016) was an American college and professional basketball coach. He coached men's basketball at Long Beach City College, Kent State University, and later served as a National Basketball Association (NBA) assistant coach. He served as head coach for part of a season with the Sacramento Kings, and a single game as an interim coach with the San Antonio Spurs. Hughes also worked in NBA scouting and basketball operations with the Kings, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic.[6]

Head Coaching Positions[edit]

In 1968-1969, Hughes was Head Coach at Long Beach City College, his first collegiate job after coaching in high school. His squad finished 23-5. When Hughes left to be an assistant at Nebraska, he was replaced by Lute Olson, in his first collegiate job.[7][8]

Replacing Frank Truitt at Kent State University in 1974, Hughes' teams went 6-20, 12-14 and 8-19 over the next three seasons. The team started 1-10 in 1977-1978 when he was replaced by Mike Boyd. .[9]

In 1978-1979, Hughes was Head Coach and General Manager of the Montana Sky (Great Falls, Montana) in the short-lived Western Basketball Association. The Sky were co-owned by country singer Charlie Pride. Notably, Hughes had Cazzie Russell and Brad Davis on the roster. Hughes was hired by the Sky mid-season when Coach Bill Klukas was fired after a 3-17 start. The league folded after one season.[10][11] [12]

In 1991-1992 Hughes served as an Assistant Coach under Dick Motta with the Sacramento Kings and went 22-35 in 57 games replacing Motta as Head Coach after Motta was fired.[13]

In 1992-1993, Hughes was hired to serve as an Assistant Coach to Jerry Tarkanian with the San Antonio Spurs. However, just 20 games into the season at 9-11, Tarkanian was fired. Hughes was 1-0 as interim Head Coach before John Lucas (39-22) was hired.[14]


On March 4, 2009, Hughes became the 15th person in "The Rex Streak", a streak by radio talk show host Jim Rome of consecutive days interviewing someone named Rex.[15]


Hughes died on May 9, 2016 at the age of 77.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Inaugural class inducted into Redondo Athletic Hall of Fame". 17 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Rex Hughes College Stats". College Basketball at
  3. ^ "Rex Hughes Coaching Record". College Basketball at
  4. ^ "Rex Hughes".
  5. ^ Marcus, Jeff (28 April 2003). "A Biographical Directory of Professional Basketball Coaches". Scarecrow Press – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Former Kent State head coach Hughes dies". 11 May 2016.
  7. ^ Hansen, Greg. "Greg Hansen: Lute Olson packs 'em in — again — for long-awaited statue unveiling". Arizona Daily Star.
  8. ^ "Waldner: South Bay mourns two great men and coaches". 16 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Kent State Golden Flashes Index". College Basketball at
  10. ^ "Rex Hughes, former college and NBA coach, dies at 77". USA TODAY.
  11. ^ Kirkpatrick, Curry. "TAKING A GAMBLE ON THE FUTURE". Vault.
  12. ^ "Western Basketball Association Rosters".
  13. ^ "1991-92 Sacramento Kings Roster and Stats".
  14. ^ "1992-93 San Antonio Spurs Roster and Stats".
  15. ^ Hoffarth, Tom (6 March 2009). "Same-Rex marriages with Rome hit 17 … more to come?".
  16. ^ "Rex Hughes, former college and NBA coach, dies at 77". 10 May 2016.

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