Houston Cougars basketball

Houston Cougars basketball history

University of Houston (Houston, TX)
Fertitta Center
American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)

Current head coach: Kelvin Sampson (2014-)

  • Asst: Kellen Sampson (2014-)
  • Asst: Quannas White (2017-)
  • Asst: Hollis Price (2014-)
  • Special Asst. to the HC: K.C. Beard (2021-)
  • DBO/Strategy: Bobby Champagne (2021-)
  • DBO: Lauren Sampson (2016-)
  • DPD: Anthony Goldwire (2021-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1983, 1984)
  • Final Four Appearances:  6  (1967, 1968, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2021)
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  13  (1956, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2019, 2021, 2022)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  23  (1956, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2010, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
  • NCAAT Overall Record: 36-28
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1977)
  • NIT Appearances:  11  (1962, 1977, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2016, 2017)
  • NIT Overall Record:  5-11
  • CBI Appearances:  3  (2008, 2009, 2013)
  • CBI Overall Record:  3-3
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1946, 1947)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  2-2

Conference Titles (Lone Star, Gulf Coast, Missouri Valley, Southwest, Conference USA, AAC):

Award Winners:




Houston head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Kelvin Sampson 2014-Pres 199-70 3 4 0
James Dickey 2010-14 64-62 0 0 0
Tom Penders 2004-10 121-77 0 1 0
Ray McCallum 2000-04 44-73 0 0 0
Clyde Drexler 1998-2000 19-39 0 0 0
Alvin Brooks 1993-98 54-84 0 0 0
Pat Foster 1986-93 142-73 1 3 0
Guy Lewis 1956-86 592-279 2 14 0
Alden Pasche 1945-56 135-116 1 (3^) 1 (2^) 0

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



^These conference titles and tournament appearances came when Houston was at either the NCAA Division II or NAIA level; Houston moved up to the Division I prior to the 1950-51 season

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