Tates Locke

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Tates Locke
Biographical details
Born (1937-02-25) February 25, 1937 (age 82)
Playing career
1957–1959Ohio Wesleyan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959–1960Ohio Wesleyan (assistant)
1960–1963Army (assistant)
1965–1966Army (freshmen)
1966–1970Miami (OH)
1975–1976Buffalo Braves (assistant)
1976–1977Buffalo Braves
1981–1983UNLV (assistant)
1987–1989Indiana (assistant)
1989–1994Indiana State
Head coaching record
Overall255–254 (college)
16–30 (NBA)
Tournaments1–3 (NCAA University Division / Division I)
6–4 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC regular season (1969)
Sun Belt Tournament (1979)
MVC Coach of the Year (1991)

Taylor "Tates" Locke (born February 25, 1937) is an American former basketball coach.

Locke coached the Buffalo Braves of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for half a season, in 1976–77, before being replaced by Bob MacKinnon. Prior to his Buffalo experience, Locke coached for West Point, where he hired a young assistant coach named Bobby Knight. Knight would later replace Locke when Locke left West Point. After West Point, Locke moved on to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, winning a MAC title in 1968-69. Locke would subsequently coach at Clemson University, but would be forced to resign as the result of an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations. The violation resulted in the Tigers being put on NCAA probation. He later coached at Jacksonville University and took them to an NCAA berth and NIT berth.

Locke would became the head coach at Indiana State University and served as a scout and assistant general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers.

The movie Blue Chips, starring Nick Nolte, is said to be based on Locke's career. However, several midwestern college coaches claim to be the inspiration for the character.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Army Cadets (NCAA University Division independent) (1963–1965)
1963–64 Army 19–7 NIT Third Place
1964–65 Army 21–8 NIT Third Place
Army: 40–15
Miami Redskins (Mid-American Conference) (1966–1970)
1966–67 Miami 14–10 7–5 3rd
1967–68 Miami 11–12 4–8 5th
1968–69 Miami 15–12 10–2 1st NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place
1969–70 Miami 16–8 7–3 T–2nd
Miami: 56–42 28–18
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1970–1975)
1970–71 Clemson 9–17 3–11 8th
1971–72 Clemson 10–16 2–10 7th
1972–73 Clemson 12–14 4–8 T–4th
1973–74 Clemson 14–12 3–9 T–5th
1974–75 Clemson 17–11 8–4 T–2nd NIT First Round
Clemson: 62–70 20–42
Jacksonville Dolphins (Sun Belt Conference) (1978–1981)
1978–79 Jacksonville 19–11 5–5 4th NCAA Division I First Round
1979–80 Jacksonville 20–9 10–4 T–2nd NIT First Round
1980–81 Jacksonville 8–19 4–8 5th
Jacksonville: 47–39
Indiana State Sycamores (Missouri Valley Conference) (1989–1994)
1989–90 Indiana State 8–20 2–12 8th
1990–91 Indiana State 14–14 9–7 T–4th
1991–92 Indiana State 13–15 12–6 T–4th
1992–93 Indiana State 11–17 7–11 T–7th
1993–94 Indiana State 4–22 3–15 T–9th
Indiana State: 50–88 33–51
Total: 255–254

      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


  • Locke, Tates and Ibach, B. (1982). Caught in the Net [autobiography]. Leisure Press. ISBN 0-88011-044-9

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