Shelby Metcalf

Shelby Metcalf (1930-2007)

Teams coached: Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M record: 443-313 (.586)
Overall record: 443-313 (.586)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  5  (1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1987)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1969, 1980)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1979, 1982, 1985, 1986)
  • Southwest Regular Season Champion:  6  (1964, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1986)
  • Southwest Tournament Champion:  2  (1980, 1987)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1963-1990 Texas A&M
1958-1963 Texas A&M (asst)

Shelby Metcalf Facts

  • Shelby R. Metcalf, Jr.
  • Born December 23, 1930
  • Died February 8, 2007
  • Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: East Texas State University (BA, 1955)
  • Played at Tulsa Central HS and then NAIA East Texas State, where he was an All-American
  • First coaching position was one season at Cayuga HS (TX), where his team went 33-10
  • Joined the US Air Force, serving two years at Sembach Air Base in Germany
    • Also played and coached basketball at the base, amassing a 78-17 record
  • Became the freshman coach and an assistant varsity coach at Texas A&M under Bob Rogers, working on his staff for five seasons before taking over as head coach in 1963
  • Served as the Aggies’ head coach for 26 and a half seasons, going 443-313 overall during that tenure
    • Won six SWC titles and two SWC Tournaments, going to the NCAA Tournament five times (with two Sweet Sixteens)
    • Metcalf was the longest-tenured coach in the history of the SWC
    • Inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Also inducted into the Texas Sports HOF, East Texas State Athletics HOF and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches HOF
  • Passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer; was survived by his wife, Janis, and their daughter, Shelley

Shelby Metcalf Coaching Tree

  • Barry Davis (Western Texas)
  • Darryl McDonald (Melbourne United)
  • Brooks Thompson (UTSA)
  • John Thornton (Texas A&M)