Texas Tech Introduces Billy Clyde Gillispie As Head Basketball Coach
March 23, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Billy Clyde Gillispie has signed a five-year contract to become the 14th head coach in school history and was introduced to the Red Raider faithful at a public news conference earlier this morning at the United Spirit Arena.
"I am so grateful to be the head basketball coach at Texas Tech University," said Gillispie. "From the beginning, this has been a very easy process. Kirby (Hocutt) and I were able to sit down in a short time frame and come to an agreement. This morning we both signed the contract to make it official and I can't tell you how excited we both are about the future of this program."
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).
"I am very excited to welcome Billy Clyde Gillispie to Texas Tech," said director of athletics Kirby Hocutt. "Over the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to spend significant time with Billy and I am absolutely confident that he will lead our basketball program back to the national spotlight while positively representing our university. There are exciting years ahead for Red Raider basketball."
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).
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