Billy Gillispie
Billy Gillispie

Graford, Texas

High School:

Last College:
University of Kentucky

Head Coach

First Season

Alma Mater:
Texas State University


The Kid: Crockett Closing In On Elite Company

Crockett Has Endured Change Over The Last Five Years


Gillispie Resigns As Head Men's Basketball Coach

Resignation letter cites health concerns as his reason for stepping down


Fearless Champions Golf Classic To Tee Off On Sept. 14

Golf Classic will benefit the newly created Texas Tech Leadership Academy


Fearless Champions Golf Classic To Tee Off On Sept. 14

Golf Classic will benefit the newly created Texas Tech Leadership Academy


Jeremy Cox Named New Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

Cox Reunites With Billy Gillispie For A Third Time


Tech Men's Basketball Announces 2013 Conference Schedule

Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie talks about the 2013 men's basketball schedule announced on Thursday.


Fearless Champions Academy Announcement

Texas Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach Billy Gillispie and former Lady Raider head coach and Hall of Famer Marsha Sharp have teamed up to host the Fearless Champions Celebrity Golf Classic, benefitting the newly created Texas Tech Leadership Academy. The event will be held at The Rawls Course on Friday, September 14, in advance of Texas Tech's home football game against New Mexico the following Saturday. Call (806) 742-1950 for info on how to enter or email coach Sharp at marsha.sharp@ttu.edu


No. 9 Baylor vs. Texas Tech

No. 9 Baylor vs. Texas Tech - AP Photo Gallery


Texas Tech vs. Iowa State

Texas Tech vs. Iowa State


Texas Tech vs. No. 4 Kansas

Texas Tech vs. No. 4 Kansas - AP Photo Gallery


Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech - AP Photo Gallery


Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech

Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech - AP Photo Gallery

video camera Introductory News Conference | Photo Gallery

A three-time recipient of the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year award, Billy Clyde Gillispie was been named the head men's basketball coach at Texas Tech University on Sunday, March 20, by director of athletics Kirby Hocutt.

Gillispie becomes the 14th head coach in school history and replaces Pat Knight, who was relieved of his duties on March 7. Texas Tech and Gillispie have agreed to a five-year contract.

Gillispie is one of the best college basketball coaches in the country and brings head coaching experience from the University of Kentucky, Texas A&M and UTEP to the Red Raider program. In all, Gillispie has seven years of experience as a head coach at the Division I level, 12 years as an assistant at the collegiate level and eight years at the high school level (six as head coach, two as an assistant).

In his last coaching stop, Gillispie compiled a 39-27 record at the University of Kentucky (2007-09) and was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year for 2007-08, while leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. That 40-27 record at Kentucky improved his seven year total as a Division I head coach to 140-85 (.622).

The newest addition to the Texas Tech family is a native of Graford, Texas, and has spent all but two years of his career inside the state of Texas. Gillispie has ties to Texas State, where he earned a bachelor's degree and served as graduate assistant, UTEP, Texas A&M and in the high school ranks.

Most importantly, Gillispie is a proven winner in the Big 12 Conference and orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball when he took over Texas A&M in 2004. The Aggies had won just 25 league basketball games in the first eight years of Big 12 play, before Gillispie led them to 31 conference victories in his three seasons at A&M. In 2004-05, A&M had the best turnaround in the nation, and best in school history, with a record of 21-10 after going just 7-21 the previous season. He led the Aggies to an NIT appearance in 2004-05 and back-to-back NCAA appearance in 2005-06 and 2006-07, including at trip to the Sweet 16 in 2007.

Prior to his tenure in College Station, he began his Division I head coaching career at UTEP where he led the Miners to the NCAA Tournament in the 2003-04 season. That season earned him the WAC Coach of the Year Award and finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year after a 24-8 season. UTEP was just 6-24 in 2002-03, so the 2003-04 season marked the biggest turnaround the history of college basketball (+18 wins).

2011- Billy Clyde Gillispie
2008-11 - Pat Knight
2001-08 - Bob Knight
1991-2001 - James Dickey
1971-1991 - Gerald Myers
1969-71 - Bob Bass
1961-69 - Gene Gibson
1942-61 - Polk Robinson
1935-1947 - Berl Huffman
1934-35 - Virgil Ballard
1931-34 - Dell Morgan
1930-31 - W.L. Golightly
1927-30 - Victor Payne
1925-27 - Grady Higgenbotham


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