Buster Brannon

Buster Brannon (1908-1979)

Teams coached: Rice Owls, TCU Horned Frogs
Rice record: 85-37 (.697)
TCU record: 204-259 (.441)
Overall record: 289-296 (.494)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  5  (1940, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1959)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1953, 1959)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southwest Regular Season Champion:  6  (1940, 1942, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1948-1967 TCU
1945-1946 Rice
1938-1942 Rice

Buster Brannon Facts

  • Byron Scott Brannon
  • Born October 21, 1908
  • Died April 14, 1979
  • Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: Texas Christian University (BA, 1933)
  • At TCU, Brannon played both football (QB) and basketball (guard) for dual head coach Francis Schmidt
  • Spent seven total seasons (interrupted by WWII) as the head coach at Rice in Houston, TX
    • Was 85-37 overall, winning the Southwest title and going to the NCAA Tournament twice each (1940 & 1942)
    • Went just 10-11 (5-7 SWC) in 1945-46 after the war and left the school following that season
  • Was an assistant football coach at Florida for two seasons, working under head coach (and fellow TCU alum) Raymond Wolf
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1948, spending the next 19 seasons as the Horned Frogs’ head basketball coach
    • After going just 4-20 in his first season, the Frogs won three straight Southwest titles in 1951, 1952 and 1953
    • Compiled a 204-259 record at the helm, winning a total of four Southwest titles and going to three NCAA Tournaments
      • Became the second head coach to win multiple SWC titles at two different schools (after his old coach, Schmidt)
    • Also served as an assistant coach with the football program for six seasons under Hall of Fame coach Dutch Meyer
  • Member of the Texas Sports HOF, Texas HS Basketball HOF, TCU Lettermen’s Association HOF and Southwest Conference HOF
  • Died of a heart attack in 1979 at the age of 70; Brannon was survived by his wife, Lynn, and their son, Robert

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