East Tennessee State Buccaneers basketball

East Tennessee State Buccaneers basketball history

East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Freedom Hall Civic Center
Southern Conference (SoCon)

Current head coach: Desmond Oliver (2021-)

  • Asst: Mark Bialkowski (2021-)
  • Asst: Vince Martin (2022-)
  • Asst: Joe Hugley (2022-)
  • DBO: Lucas Campbell (2021-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  1  (1968)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  10  (1968, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2017)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  2-10
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1983, 2007)
  • NIT Overall Record:  0-2
  • CIT Appearances:  3  (2011, 2014, 2019)
  • CIT Overall Record:  3-3
  • Vegas 16 Appearances:  1  (2016)
  • Vegas 16 Overall Record:  1-1
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  1  (1957)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Overall Record:  1-1
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1953, 1954, 1956)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  0-3

Conference Titles (Ohio Valley, Atlantic Sun, SoCon):

Award Winners:




East Tennessee State head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Desmond Oliver 2021-Pres 15-17 0 0 0
Jason Shay 2020-21 13-12 0 0 0
Steve Forbes 2015-20 130-43 2 1 0
Murry Bartow 2003-15 224-165 2 3 0
Ed DeChellis 1996-2003 105-93 3 1 0
Alan LeForce 1990-96 108-70 2 2 0
Les Robinson 1985-90 81-70 1 2 0
Barry Dowd 1982-85 40-46 0 0 0
Jim Hallahan 1978-82 57-53 0 0 0
Sonny Smith 1976-78 30-23 0 0 0
Leroy Fisher 1973-76 23-52 0 0 0
J. Madison Brooks 1948-73 370-263 1 1 (4^) 0
L.T. Roberts 1947-48 9-8 0 0 0
Gene McMurray 1933-47 174-90 0 0 0
no coach 1931-33 12-6
John Robinson 1925-31 25-40
Jim Luck 1923-25 10-15
Vernon McFee 1922-23 5-5
Charles Reece 1918-22 19-12

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


^ These tournament appearances came when the East Tennessee State program was at either the NAIA or NCAA Division II level; ETSU moved up to Division I prior to the 1957-58 season

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA. 

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