Bob Weltlich

Bob Weltlich (born November 5, 1944)

Teams coached: Ole Miss Rebels, Texas Longhorns, FIU Panthers, South Alabama Jaguars
Ole Miss record: 83-88 (.485)
Texas record: 77-98 (.440)
FIU record: 59-84 (.413)
South Alabama record: 81-65 (.555)
Overall record: 300-335 (.472)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1997-2002 South Alabama
1990-1995 FIU
1982-1988 Texas
1976-1982 Ole Miss
1971-1976 Indiana (asst)
1967-1971 Army (asst)

Bob Weltlich Facts

  • Robert Weltlich
  • Born November 5, 1944
  • Hometown: Orrville, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: The Ohio State University (BA, 1967)
  • Was going to teach after graduating, but fellow Buckeye Bob Knight hired him as an assistant at Army in 1967 and brought him to Indiana in 1971
    • Remained on the IU sidelines through the 1975-76 season, when the Hoosiers went 32-0 en route to their third (and Knight’s first) NCAA title
  • Known for his aggressive style and harsh discipline, he spent a total of 22 seasons as a D-I head coach at Ole Miss, Texas, FIU and South Alabama
    • Earned SEC COY honors in 1980 for his turnaround of the program, finishing 17-13 after three straight losing seasons
    • Served as head coach of the US Men’s National Team in 1982 for the FIBA World Championships in Colombia; the team won Silver after losing by one to the Soviet Union in the final
    • At Texas, Weltlich started slowly with 6- and 7-win seasons but eventually won the Southwest title in 1986
    • Led FIU to its only NCAA berth in program history, though he had announced prior to the season he would resign at the year’s end
    • Finished his career at South Alabama, winning three Sun Belt titles and leading the Jaguars to the 1998 NCAA Tournament
  • Wrote a fiction novel called Crooked Zebra (2004) about a college basketball referee with a gambling habit that fixes games to make money
  • Moved to Fairhope, Alabama with his wife, Nancy, and worked as a middle school teacher

Bob Weltlich Coaching Tree

  • Jessie Evans (San Francisco, Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • James Green (Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley State, Southern Miss)
  • Tim Jankovich (SMU, Illinois State, North Texas)
  • Gregg Polinsky (Georgia Southern)
  • Sergio Rouco (FIU)