Born: March 5, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri
Died: November 1, 2020 in Norman, Oklahoma
Basketball Coach Billy Tubbs grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma but got to Southeast Texas “as quick as he could”.
He graduated from Lamar University in 1958 and from Stephen F. Austin in 1959. He was a two-year letterman at Lamar. Following stints as assistant coach at Lamar and North Texas State, Tubbs served as head coach at Southwestern University from 1971-1973 and Lamar University from 1976 to 1979. During his four years at the helm, the Lamar University team record was 75-46 and they won three conference championships (1977-1979).Tubbs became head coach at Oklahoma in 1980. In his fourteen years there the team had 13 straight winning seasons and won 5 conference championships. Tubbs was named Big Eight Coach of the Year four times.
Tubbs has compiled an overall head coaching record of 439 victories, 200 defeats and a winning percentage of .678, ranking him among the NCAA's all-time winningest active coaches. He was named SLC Coach of the Year following both the 1978 and 1980 seasons, and was twice honored as Coach of the Year by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association.
After serving as head coach for Texas Christian University, Tubbs returned to Lamar University as Director of Athletics in 2002 and soon became head basketball coach. After serving as a special athletics advisor for several years, Billy Tubbs retired in August of 2011. He is an avid jogger and supports many charitable causes. He and his wife Pat have two children.