Bobby Champagne

Bobby Champagne (born May 4, 1967)

Current position: Director of Operations & Basketball Strategy
Current team: Houston Cougars (Head coach: Kelvin Sampson)
Current conference: Big 12 Conference
Teams coached: North Alabama Lions
North Alabama record^: 245-193-1 (.559)
Overall record^: 245-193-1 (.559)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Gulf South (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (2008)
  • Gulf South (Div II) Tournament Champion: (2014)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  4  (2006, 2008, 2013, 2014)


  • Gulf South (Div II) Coach of the Year:  1  (2008)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Houston (DBO/Strategy)
2003-2018 North Alabama
2002-2003 UTEP (asst)
2001-2002 Georgia State (asst)
1997-2001 Louisiana (asst)
1994-1997 Oklahoma (asst)
1991-1994 Washington State (asst)
1989-1990 South Alabama (grad. asst)

Bobby Champagne Facts

  • Robert Joseph Champagne
  • Born May 4, 1967
  • Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: University of South Alabama (BS, 1990) / University of North Alabama (MA, 2014)
  • Started out at Coastal Alabama College before playing two seasons (1987-89) at South Alabama for head coach Ronnie Arrow
    • Began his coaching career at South Alabama as one of Arrow‘s graduate assistants; later coached with the Louisiana Stars (AAU) in 1990
  • Hired in 1991 by Kelvin Sampson to be an assistant coach at Washington State, and followed Sampson to Oklahoma in 1994
    • In six seasons working under Sampson, Champagne was part of four NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Returned to his hometown of Lafayette, LA in 1997 and spent four years on Jessie Evans‘ staff with the Ragin’ Cajuns
  • Worked under legendary head coach Lefty Driesell during the 2001-02 season at Georgia State, helping lead the Panthers to an Atlantic Sun title and a trip to the NIT (both firsts for the program)
  • Spent the 2002-03 season at UTEP working under Billy Gillispie, then in his first year as a D-I head coach
  • Hired in 2003 to be the head coach at then-Division II North Alabama, a position he held for the next fifteen years
    • Went 245-193-1 overall at UNA, going to four D-II NCAA Tournaments and winning the Gulf South title in 2008
    • In 2018, just before the program began its transition to Division I, Champagne’s contract was not renewed
  • After a few years out of coaching and a brief stint at Tharptown HS (AL), Champagne was reunited with Sampson in 2021, becoming director of basketball operations and strategy at Houston

Bobby Champagne Coaching Tree

  • coming soon


^ overall and North Alabama records includes time at the NCAA Division II level only; UNA moved up to D-I in 2018