Presley Askew

Presley Askew (1909-1994)

Teams coached: Arkansas Razorbacks, New Mexico A&M/State Aggies
Arkansas record: 35-37 (.486)
New Mexico State record: 134-146 (.479)
Overall record^: 169-183 (.480)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1953-1965 New Mexico A&M/State
1952-1953 Connors State College
1949-1952 Arkansas
1948-1949 Arkansas (asst)

Presley Askew Facts

  • Presley Askew
  • Born November 17, 1909
  • Died February 7, 1994
  • Hometown: Red Oak, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Oklahoma State College (BA, 1930)
  • Started his coaching career at Fanshawe HS (OK), serving as an assistant (1930-32) then head varsity coach (1932-37)
  • Coached his alma mater, Red Oak HS (OK), from 1937-42 and then moved to Arkansas to coach Van Buren HS from 1942-48
  • Joined Eugene Lambert‘s staff at Arkansas as an assistant in 1948 and then became head coach the following year
    • Led the Razorbacks for three seasons, winning a share of the 1950 Southwest title in his first year
    • Resigned in 1952 after going 10-14; left with an overall record of 35-37 (19-17 SWC)
  • Coached at Connors State College back home in Warner, Oklahoma for one season
  • Hired in 1953 to be the head coach and athletic director at New Mexico A&M (later New Mexico State)
    • Coached the Aggies for twelve seasons, compiling an overall record of 134-146
    • From 1958-61, his teams won/shared three Border titles, reached two NCAA Tournaments and were 56-23 overall
    • Resigned in 1965 after going 20-50 over the previous three seasons, all as a D-I Independent
  • Stepped aside as AD in 1958; also coached the Aggies’ baseball team from 1957-65, going 68-126-3 overall
    • The school honored the former coach by dedicating Presley Askew Field in 1981
    • Inducted into the New Mexico State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970

Presley Askew Coaching Tree

  • Lou Henson (New Mexico State, Illinois, Hardin-Simmons)
  • Wayne Yates (Northwestern State, Memphis State)


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