Gale Catlett

Gale Catlett (born October 31, 1940)

Teams coached: Cincinnati Bearcats, West Virginia Mountaineers
Cincinnati record: 126-44 (.741)
West Virginia record: 439-281 (.610)
Overall record: 565-325 (.635)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  11  (1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1998)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1975, 1998)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  6  (1974, 1981, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1994)
  • Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion:  4  (1982, 1983, 1985, 1989)
  • Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion:  2  (1983, 1984)
  • Metro Tournament Champion:  2  (1976, 1977)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1978-2002 West Virginia
1972-1978 Cincinnati
1971-1972 Kentucky (asst)
1967-1971 Kansas (asst)
1965-1967 Davidson (asst)
1963-1965 Richmond (asst)

Gale Catlett Facts

  • Wendell Gale Catlett
  • Born October 31, 1940
  • Hometown: Hedgesville, West Virginia
  • Alma Mater: West Virginia University (BA, 1963)
  • Played for head coach George King at West Virginia, playing in two NCAA Tournaments with the Mountaineers
  • Started coaching right away, working as an assistant for two seasons at Richmond under head coach Lew Mills
  • Spent another seven seasons as an assistant, first under Lefty Driesell at Davidson, then under Ted Owens at Kansas and, lastly, one season at Kentucky under Adolph Rupp
  • Became the head coach at Cincinnati in 1972, leading the Bearcats to 126 wins and three NCAA Tournament berths in six years at the helm
  • Returned to alma mater WVU in 1978, coaching the Mountaineers for the next 24 seasons
    • Won 439 games, four A-10 conference titles and went to the postseason 15 times (8 NCAA, 7 NIT) at West Virginia
    • Had 11 seasons of 20+ wins with the Mountaineers
    • Announced his retirement on February 13, 2002
  • Along with his wife, Anise, has two daughters

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