Jim Padgett

Jim Padgett (1930-2009)

Teams coached: California Golden Bears, Nevada Wolfpack
California record: 52-53 (.495)
Nevada record: 43-61 (.413)
Overall record: 95-114 (.455)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1972-1976 Nevada
1968-1972 California
195?-196? San Jose City College

Jim Padgett Facts

  • Jim Padgett
  • Born 1930
  • Died December 19, 2009
  • Hometown: Redding, California
  • Alma Mater: Oregon State University (BA, 1952)
  • Originally from Oklahoma City, Padgett was a star athlete at Shasta HS in Redding CA before going on to play at Oregon State
    • Played four seasons for the Beavers and Hall of Fame head coach Slats Gill
    • After graduating in 1952, Padgett served in the US Air Force during the Korean War
  • Started his career coaching and teaching in the San Jose, CA area after returning to the States
    • Spent some time as the head coach at San Jose City College, winning a California state title in 1960
  • Became the head coach at California in 1968, going 52-53 in four seasons as the Bears’ head coach
  • Left Cal in 1972 and spent the next four years as the head coach of the Nevada Wolfpack
    • Was 43-61 overall at Nevada during a time when the program was still adjusting to Division I competition
  • Continued to live and work in Nevada, helping build a successful education program for the Nevada State Prison system
  • Passed away in 2009 at the age of 79; survived by wife of 58 years, Nancy, their three children and eight grandchildren
    • His son, Pete, played at Nevada and later coached at Reno HS (NV); there he coached David Padgett – Pete’s son and Jim’s grandson – who would go on to play and coach at Louisville

Jim Padgett Coaching Tree

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