Bob Boyd

Bob Boyd (1930-2015)

Teams coached: Seattle Redhawks, USC Trojans, Mississippi State Bulldogs
Seattle record: 41-13 (.759)
USC record: 216-131 (.622)
Mississippi State record: 55-87 (.387)
Overall record^: 312-231 (.575)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1964, 1979)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1964)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1973)
  • NCIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1974)
  • NCIT Appearances:  2  (1974, 1975)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1996-1997 LSU (asst)
1994-1995 Utah State (asst)
1990-1992 Chapman
1989-1990 Riverside CC
1981-1986 Mississippi State
1966-1979 USC
1963-1965 Seattle
1957-1963 Santa Ana College

Bob Boyd Facts

  • William Robert Boyd
  • Born June 7, 1930
  • Died January 14, 2015
  • Hometown: Alhambra, California
  • Alma Mater: University of Southern California (BA, 1953)
  • Played at USC for head coach Forrest Twogood, earning team MVP honors as a senior in 1952
  • Started his coaching career at the prep level, coaching at five different California high schools
  • Was the head coach for six seasons at Santa Ana College (CA) before getting his first major college job
  • Went 41-13 in two years as head coach at Seattle, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 1964 after winning 22 games
    • Resigned in 1965 when the FBI discovered that three players failed to report a bribe attempt to fix games
      • Boyd spent the next year out of coaching, instead working for Converse
  • Returned to coaching in 1966, taking over as head coach at alma mater USC
    • Was 216-131 in thirteen seasons with the Trojans, reaching one NIT, one NCAA Tournament and two NCITs
    • Remembered for many battles with John Wooden and UCLA, the toast of college basketball at the time
    • Announced in 1978 that the next season would be his last; won 20 games and went to the NCAA Tournament
  • After another couple years out of coaching, Boyd was hired as head coach at Mississippi State
  • Later coaching stops included stints leading Riverside CC and D-III Chapman University in Orange, CA
    • Was also an assistant for one season at Utah State under his own former assistant, Larry Eustachy
  • Spent one year at LSU assisting Dale Brown; Boyd had given LSU Brown’s name in 1972 after turning the Tigers’ head coaching job down himself
    • During the season, LSU played a Samford team coached by John Brady, a former assistant of Boyd’s at MSU
  • Inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2004
  • Passed away from natural causes in 2015 at the age of 2015
    • Survived by three sons and 10 grandchildren; preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and son, Bruce

Bob Boyd Coaching Tree

  • Lynn Archibald (Utah, Idaho State)
  • John Brady (Arkansas State, LSU, Samford)
  • Kermit Davis (Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Idaho, Texas A&M)
  • Larry Eustachy (Colorado State, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State, Idaho)
  • David Farrar (Idaho, Middle Tennessee)
  • Rex Hughes (San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Kent State)
  • Jeff Malone (Florida Flame, Columbus Riverdragons)
  • Stan Morrison (San Jose State, USC, Pacific)
  • Paul Westphal (Sacramento Kings, Pepperdine, Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, Grand Canyon)
  • Richard Williams (Mississippi State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only