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Considered "the man who builds college basketball programs," Billy
Tubbs wasted little time in redirecting the Texas Christian basketball
program following his hiring as the Horned Frogs' coach April 9,1994.
In just his first season at TCU, Tubbs led a team that had won just 13
games the previous two seasons through a record-breaking campaign - one
which saw the Horned Frogs contend for the SWC title, lead the NCAA in
scoring offense, break numerous school records, feature the nation's leading
scorer and rebounder as well as the SWCs Player- and Newcomer-of-the-Year,
all en route to posting a 16-11 final ledger. Needless to say, Tubbs' efforts were
rewarded when he was named consensus SWC Coach-of-the-Year.
That's just another example of what Tubbs has accomplished throughout his 21-year head coaching career, having fashioned an absolutely amazing
won-lost record during his stints at Southwestern (Texas), Lamar, Oklahoma
and TCU. He ranks among the NCAA's all-time winningest active coaches with
an overall record of 455-211, a 68.3 winning percentage. He also sports an
impressive postseason record of 26-15.
He has twice been named national coach-of-the-year by Basketball
Weekly (1983 and 1985). Tubbs was also a finalist for Associated Press Coach-
of-the-Year honors in 1985 and 1989.
Tubbs has demonstrated the ability to take a dormant basketball
prorgam, located in the heart of football country, and mold it into a national
power as well as a feature entertainment attraction.
Despite recruiting classes lacking high school Ail-Americans, nor
having a legitimate post player, and by using a somewhat visionary approach,
Tubbs can coach - and outcoach - the best of them. He pioneered the up-tempo,
transitional game affectionately referred to as "Billyball".
Following stints as an assistant coach at Lamar and North Texas, as
well as two years as head coach at Southwestern, Tubbs hit the big time when
he took over as head coach at Lamar in 1976-77. In four seasons under Tubbs,
the Cardinals jumped out of the shadows and into the spotlight, earning two
NCAA Tournament berths, advancing to the "Sweet 16" in 1980.
From Lamar, Tubbs moved north of the Red River to undertake the
rebuilding process at Oklahoma. Over the next 14 seasons, he would guide the
Sooners to 13 consecutive winning campaigns, posting a 333-133 record. He
led Oklahoma to four Big Eight titles and nine NCAA appearances. His 1987-
88 team was the second-highest scoring squad in NCAA history (102.9 ppg) and
reached the NCAA Championship game.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., and raised in Tulsa, Okla., Tubbs earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Lamar in 1958, then
earned a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin in 1959.
Tubbs and his wife, Pat, have two children, Tommy, who played two
seasons as point guard for his father at Oklahoma (1984-85), and Taylor, a
former head Pom Pon for the Sooner cagers.
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