Ron Cottrell

Ron Cottrell (born October 11, 1960)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Houston Christian Huskies
Current conference: Southland Conference
Houston Baptist record^: 508-469 (.520)
Overall record^: 508-469 (.520)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2016)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2017)
  • Southland Regular Season Champion:  0
  • Red River (NAIA) Regular Season Champion:  9  (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Southland Tournament Champion:  0
  • Red River (NAIA) Tournament Champion:  4  (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006)
  • NAIA Division I Tournament Appearances:  10  (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1991-present Houston Christian
1987-1990 Arkansas (asst)
1986-1987 North Dakota State College of Science (asst)
1984-1985 Arkansas (student asst)

Ron Cottrell Facts

  • Ronald Cottrell
  • Born October 11, 1960
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Alma Mater: University of Arkansas (BA, 1988)
  • The Arkansas-native attended high school in Houston at Westbury HS before going on to the University of Arkansas
    • Served as a volunteer student assistant on Nolan Richardson‘s staff for one season
  • Spent one year as an assistant coach at ND State College of Science before returning to Arkansas in 1987
  • Worked as one of Richardson’s assistants for three seasons, culminating in a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1990
  • Took over as the head coach at Houston Christian – then known as Houston Baptist, a NAIA program – in 1990
    • Has been at the helm at HCU/HBU ever since, helping transition the program to NCAA Division I starting in the 2007-08 season
    • Went to ten straight NAIA Tournaments from 1998-2007, winning the Red River Athletic Conference (NAIA) title in all nine seasons in which the Huskies were members
    • The program first joined the now-defunct Great West Conference in 2009 after two seasons as an independent, but agreed to join Southland in 2011 starting with the 2013-14 season (the GWC would dissolve in 2013)
    • Led the Huskies to the 2016 CBI and 2017 CIT, the first two Division I postseason appearances for the program
    • Cottrell is one of the longest-tenured head coaches in Division I and is by far the winningest coach in program history
    • Served as the school’s Athletic Director for 16 seasons from 1995-2011 and has since been the associate AD for HCU
  • Along with his wife, Jacque, has two daughters

Ron Cottrell Coaching Tree

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^ overall and Houston Christian records include seasons played at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels; HCU became an NCAA D-I program in 2007