Alan LeForce

Alan LeForce (born February 27, 1935)

Teams coached: College of Charleston Cougars, East Tennessee State Buccaneers
College of Charleston record^: 131-109 (.546)
East Tennessee State record: 108-70 (.607)
Overall record^: 239-179 (.572)

Career Accomplishments:


  • Big South Women’s Coach of the Year:  1  (1999)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1997-2013 Coastal Carolina (women’s HC)
1990-1996 East Tennessee State
1985-1990 East Tennessee State (asst)
1970-1979 College of Charleston
1968-1970 Furman (asst)
1961-1962 Cumberlands (KY) (asst)

Alan LeForce Facts

  • Alan LeForce
  • Born February 27, 1935
  • Hometown: Williamsburg, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: Cumberlands College (1957)
  • Played basketball at then-Cumberlands College (KY); inducted into the school’s Athletic HOF in 2008
  • Began his coaching career at alma mater Williamsburg HS (KY), serving as head coach from 1958-61 and 62-67, with one year off to be an assistant coach at his other alma mater Cumberlands (KY)
  • Became an assistant under Frank Selvy at Furman in 1968, working with the Paladins for two seasons
  • Served as head coach at then-NAIA College of Charleston, going 131-109 over nine seasons at the helm
  • In between college gigs, LeForce coached boys’ basketball at Coastal Academy (SC) and East Cooper HS (SC)
  • Joined Les Robinson‘s staff at East Tennessee State in 1985; was an assistant on two NCAA Tournament teams (with one SoCon title)
  • Elevated to head coach at ETSU in 1990 and led the Buccaneers for the next six seasons
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons after winning back-to-back SoCon regular season (making it three-straight for the program) and SoCon Tournament titles (four-straight)
    • Went 108-70 overall but resigned in 1996 after going 7-20 and 14-14 in the previous two seasons, respectively
  • After a year away, LeForce was hired to be the head women’s basketball coach at Coastal Carolina
    • Led the Chanticleers for sixteen seasons, going 228-227 over that span, until his retirement in 2013 at age 78
    • Became the first head coach to win 200 games in both Division I men’s and Division I women’s basketball

Alan LeForce Coaching Tree

  • Jeff Lebo (East Carolina, Auburn, Chattanooga)
  • John Shulman (Central Arkansas, Alabama-Huntsville, Chattanooga)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the men’s NCAA Division I and NAIA levels only; Charleston competed at the NAIA level during LeForce’s tenure there