Jim Wooldridge

Jim Wooldridge (born August 22, 1955)

Teams coached: Central Missouri State Mules, Southwest Texas State Bobcats, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Kansas State Wildcats, UC Riverside Highlanders
Central Missouri record^: 131-48 (.732)
Texas State record: 46-40 (.535)
Louisiana Tech record: 52-59 (.468)
Kansas State record: 83-90 (.480)
UC Riverside record: 70-112 (.385)
Overall record^: 382-349 (.523)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1994)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southland Tournament Champion:  1  (1994)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  3  (1989, 1990, 1991)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2007-2013 UC Riverside
2000-2006 Kansas State
1998-2000 Chicago Bulls (asst)
1994-1998 Louisiana Tech
1991-1994 Southwest Texas State
1985-1991 Central Missouri State
1982-1985 Central Missouri State (asst)
1978-1982 East Central Oklahoma State (asst)
1977-1978 Louisiana Tech (asst)

Jim Wooldridge Facts

  • James Allen Wooldridge
  • Born August 22, 1955
  • Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Louisiana Tech University (BA, 1977) / East Central Oklahoma State University (M.Ed, 1979)
  • Won a state title in 1972 while at Putnam City HS (OK), then went on to play for coaches Scotty Robertson and Emmett Hendricks at Louisiana Tech
  • Spent one year assisting new Tech head coach J. D. Barnett then worked at East Central Oklahoma State
  • After three seasons assisting Lynn Nance at Central Missouri State, Wooldridge became the Mules’ head coach
    • Went 131-48 over six seasons at the helm, reaching three D-II NCAA Tournaments
    • Later inducted into the Central Missouri State Athletic Hall of Fame (c/o 2004)
  • Left for Southwest Texas State (now just Texas State) in 1991, coaching the Bobcats for the next three seasons
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament in 1994 after finishing 25-7 and winning the Southland Tournament crown
  • Returned to alma mater Louisiana Tech in 1994, going 52-59 in four seasons as head coach
  • Moved up to the pro ranks in 1998, spending two seasons on Tim Floyd‘s staff with the Chicago Bulls
  • Spent six seasons as the head coach at Kansas State, but failed to lead the Wildcats to the postseason
  • Finished his coaching career at UC Riverside, leading the Highanders for six seasons before retiring in 2013
    • Spent the next two years (2013-15) as UC Riverside’s athletic director
  • Hired in 2015 as athletic director at Riverside City College (CA), holding that role until his retirement in 2020
  • Along with his wife, Ann, has one daughter and one son

Jim Wooldridge Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels