Jim Killingsworth

Jim Killingsworth (1923-2007)

Teams coached: Idaho State Bengals, Oklahoma State Cowboys, TCU Horned Frogs
Idaho State record: 109-54 (.669)
Oklahoma State record: 22-31 (.415)
TCU record: 130-106 (.551)
Overall record^: 261-191 (.577)

Career Accomplishments:



Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1979-1987 TCU
1977-1979 Oklahoma State
1971-1977 Idaho State
1964-1971 Cerritos
1961-1964 Tulsa (freshmen)

Jim Killingsworth Facts

  • James Austin Killingsworth
  • Born June 19, 1923
  • Died June 10, 2007
  • Hometown: Checotah, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Northeastern State University (BA, 1948)
  • Began his coaching career at the prep level, spending many years coaching at Oklahoma high schools
  • Joined Joe Swank’s staff at Tulsa in 1961, coaching the freshmen for three seasons
  • Spent seven seasons as the head coach at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA
    • Won the 1968 California Junior College Championship with the Falcons
  • Hired by Idaho State in 1971, coaching the Bengals for six seasons
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament twice (Elite Eight in 1977) and won two Big Sky titles
  • Left for Oklahoma State in 1977, but finished below .500 in each of his two seasons in Stillwater
  • Finished his career coaching the TCU Horned Frogs for eight seasons
    • Helped create a winning culture at TCU, pulling the Frogs from the SWC basement to a postseason team
    • Reached two NITs and one NCAA Tournament (1987), the program’s first since 1971; named Southwest COY three times
    • Retired from coaching in March 1987, with 261 career Division I victories (130 at TCU)
  • Passed away in 2007 from complications following an earlier stroke; he was 83 years old

Jim Killingsworth Coaching Tree

  • Wayne Ballard (Idaho State)
  • Jamie Dixon (TCU, Pittsburgh)
  • Dennis Nutt (Ouachita Baptist, Texas State)
  • Dickey Nutt (Southeast Missouri State, Arkansas State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only