Billy Tubbs

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Billy Tubbs (born March 5, 1935) is a former men's college basketball coach. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has been the head coach of his alma mater Lamar University (1976–1980, 2003–2006), the University of Oklahoma (1980–1994) and Texas Christian University (1994–2002). His first head coaching job — from 1971-72 through 1972-73 — was at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, where his teams were 12–16 and 19–8. From there he went to the University of North Texas to serve as assistant coach under Gene Robbins[1] and for one year under Bill Blakely.

Tubbs was known for his high scoring offense and full-court press defense.

Tubbs achieved many coaching milestones during his coaching career. He became the ninth coach in NCAA history to record 100 wins at three different schools (Oklahoma 333, TCU 156 and Lamar 121). He became the 28th coach in NCAA Division I history to record 600 wins in Lamar's 79-67 win over Texas Southern during the 2003-04 season.[2]

In 31 years of coaching, Tubbs compiled a 641-340 (.653) career record, including a 121-89 record in seven years at Lamar. He guided 12 teams to NCAA Tournament appearances, six National Invitation Tournament appearances, eight conference championships, three conference tournament championships and 18 20-win seasons. His 641 wins ranks 34th all-time in NCAA history. While at Oklahoma, Tubbs guided the Sooners to runner-up finishes in the NCAA Tournament (1988) and the National Invitation Tournament (1991). Basketball Weekly named Tubbs National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985.[3]

On May 27, 2002, Billy Tubbs returned to Lamar University as Director of Athletics.[4] Ten months later, on March 21, 2003, he also became Lamar University head basketball coach.[5] In March 2006, Tubbs resigned as head coach of Lamar, but remained as Director of Athletics. He was succeeded by Steve Roccaforte. On June 14, 2010, Tubbs resigned as Athletic Director to become Special Advisor to Lamar University President James Simmons on Athletics.[6] He was succeeded by Larry Tidwell. Billy Tubbs retired at the end of August, 2011.[7]

On February 19 during halftime Billy was honored by Lamar with the naming of the Montagne Center basketball court in his and his wife's honor. The court was named the "Billy & Pat Tubbs Court" [8][9] During the same halftime ceremony Lamar also honored Billy's 78-79 Cardinal squad the first team in Lamar University history to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Head coaching record[edit]

Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (1976–1980)
1978-1979Lamar23-99-11stNCAA 2nd Round
1979-1980Lamar22-118-21stNCAA Sweet 16
Lamar:75-46 (.620)32-9 (.780)
Oklahoma (Big Eight Conference) (1980–1994)
1981-1982Oklahoma22-118-63rdNIT Semifinal
1982-1983Oklahoma24-910-42ndNCAA 2nd Round
1983-1984Oklahoma29-513-11stNCAA 2nd Round
1984-1985Oklahoma31-613-11stNCAA Elite 8
1985-1986Oklahoma26-98-6T-3rdNCAA 2nd Round
1986-1987Oklahoma24-109-52ndNCAA Sweet 16
1987-1988Oklahoma35-412-21stNCAA Runner-Up
1988-1989Oklahoma30-612-21stNCAA Sweet 16
1989-1990Oklahoma27-511-3T-2ndNCAA 2nd Round
1990-1991Oklahoma20-155-9T-6thNIT Runner-Up
1991-1992Oklahoma21-98-6T-2ndNCAA 1st Round
1992-1993Oklahoma20-127-7T-5thNIT 2nd Round
1993-1994Oklahoma15-136-85thNIT 1st Round
Oklahoma:333-132 (.716)118-64 (.648)
Texas Christian Horned Frogs (SWC/WAC/C-USA) (1994–2002)
1996-1997TCU22-137-9T-4th (Mountain)NIT 2nd Round
1997-1998TCU27-614-01st (Pacific)NCAA 1st Round
1998-1999TCU21-117-7T-4th (Mountain)NIT 3rd Round
TCU:156-93 (.627)65-53(.551)
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (2003–2006)
Lamar:121-89 (.576)54-34 (.614)
Total:640-340 (.653)

      National 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

Assistant coaching positions[edit]

Tubbs was the assistant men's basketball coach at the University of North Texas for three seasons, 1973-74 & 1974-75 under Head Coach Gene Robbins and 1975-76 under Head Coach Bill Blakeley. In Blakeley's first season at North Texas, Tubbs, with newly hired Assistant Coach Jimmy Gales, helped turn around a team that had been 6-20 in 1975, to 22-4 in 1976, averaging 96 points a game – the second highest in the nation. After that season, Tubbs accepted his first head coaching job at Lamar University for the 1976-77 season.

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