Bully Gilstrap

Bully Gilstrap (1901-1989)

Teams coached: Texas Longhorns
Texas record: 43-28 (.606)
Overall record: 43-28 (.606)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1943)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1943)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southwest Regular Season Champion:  1  (1943)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1942-1945 Texas

Bully Gilstrap Facts

  • Howard Clifford Gilstrap
  • Born August 31, 1901
  • Died January 4, 1989
  • Hometown: Taylor, Texas
  • Alma Mater: University of Texas (BA, 1923)
  • Played football and basketball at Texas, the latter for head coach L. Theo Bellmont
    • Also ran track and threw javelin; was the SWC javelin champion in 1923
  • Started his coaching career at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX, spending eight years as head football coach
  • Returned to alma mater Texas in 1937 to be an assistant football coach, serving that capacity for 20 seasons
    • Was part of six SWC title teams and six bowl victories (including four Cotton Bowl wins)
  • During his time with the football team, Gilstrap had a short stint as the Longhorns’ interim head basketball coach
    • Won a SWC title and took the team to the NCAA Final Four in 1943, finishing the season 19-7
    • Stepped away from the team in 1945 after a 10-10 (5-7) season with an overall record of 43-28
  • Inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 1968 for his contributions as a player and coach
  • His younger brother, Claude “Chena” Gilstrap, was head football coach and athletic director at Texas-Arlington

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