Alden Pasche

Alden Pasche (1910-1986)

Teams coached: Houston Cougars
Houston record^: 135-116 (.537)
Overall record^: 135-116 (.537)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1956)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1956)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Missouri Valley Regular Season Champion:  1  (1956)
  • Gulf Coast (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (1950)
  • Lone Star (NAIA) Regular Season Champion: (1946, 1947)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1946, 1947)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1946-1956 Houston

Alden Pasche Facts

  • Herbert Alden Pasche
  • Born July 19, 1910
  • Died May 9, 1986
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Rice University (BA, 1932) / Columbia University (M.Ed, 1939)
  • The Houston-native played football for head coach Jack Meagher and the Rice Owls
  • After getting his master’s at Columbia, Pasche returned to Houston and spent several years coaching at local high schools
  • Became the first-ever head basketball coach at Houston in 1945, leading the Cougars for their first eleven seasons
    • Competed in the NAIA for four years and College Division for one before moving up to what is now Division I
    • Compiled an overall record of 135-116, going to the postseason three times, including a Sweet Sixteen berth in 1956
    • Won four conference titles: two in the NAIA Lone Star, one in the D-II Gulf Coast and one in the D-I Missouri Valley
    • Retired from coaching in 1956, turning the program over to former player and assistant Guy Lewis
  • While at Houston, Pasche was also an associate professor of health and physical education
    • Served as an assistant coach (line coach) with the Cougars’ football program in 1946 and 1947
  • Passed away in 1986 at the age of 75 following a lengthy battle with illness; survived by his wife, Marguerite, and their two children

Alden Pasche Coaching Tree


^ overall and Houston records include seasons at the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels