Don Haskins

Don Haskins (1930-2008)

Teams coached: Texas Western/UTEP Miners
Texas Western/UTEP record: 719-353 (.671)
Overall record: 719-353 (.671)

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Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1961-1999 Texas Western/UTEP

Don Haskins Facts

  • Donald Lee Haskins
  • Born March 14, 1930
  • Died September 7, 2008
  • Hometown: Enid, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Oklahoma A&M University (BA, 1952)
  • Played at Oklahoma A&M (now State) under legendary head coach Henry Iba, helping lead the Cowboys to a 4th place finish in the 1951 NCAA Tournament
  • Started coaching career in Texas high schools, including stints at Benjamin HS, Hedley HS and Dumas HS
  • Became the head coach at Texas Western College in 1961, a position he would hold for the next thirty-eight seasons
    • Texas Western was unique in that the previous coaching staff had recruited and played African-American players in a time where – especially in the South – major college teams were predominantly white
    • By his third year, Haskins’ Miners team had won over 20 games and were poised to make a run in the NCAA Tournament
    • The 1965-66 season was historic for the program and for college basketball overall, as Texas Western won the NCAA National Championship starting five African-American players
      • The journey and season were later documented in Haskins’ autobiography Glory Road, written with Dan Wetzel and later made into a 2005 film by Disney
    • The school was renamed the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1967 and joined the WAC two years later in 1969
    • Though the Miners never went further than the Sweet Sixteen during the rest of Haskins’ tenure, the team enjoyed much success – especially in the 1980s and early 1990s
    • Haskins retired from coaching after the 1998-99 season, leaving with 719 career victories which makes him one of just 21 coaches (as of 2018) with over 700 wins at the Division I level
  • El Paso renamed the street between its two basketball arenas “Glory Road” to honor the 1966 Miners victory
  • UTEP renamed the men’s basketball arena as the Don Haskins Center in 1998, just before the coach’s retirement
  • In addition to being a member of both the Naismith and College Basketball Halls of Fame (see above), Haskins was in 1997 inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
    • The 1965-66 Texas Western team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF in 2007
  • Haskins passed away in 2008 in El Paso, survived by his wife, Mary, and three sons – had a fourth son that died in 1994

Don Haskins Coaching Tree

  • Tim Floyd (UTEP, USC, New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Iowa State, New Orleans, Idaho)
  • Jerry Hale (Oral Roberts, Southern Idaho)
  • Dick Hunsaker (Utah Valley, Utah, Manchester, Ball State)
  • Gene Iba (Pittsburg State, Baylor, Houston Baptist)
  • Moe Iba (TCU, Nebraska, Memphis)
  • Nolan Richardson (Arkansas, Tulsa)
  • Andy Stoglin (Jackson State, Southern)
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