Tennessee State Tigers basketball

Tennessee State Tigers basketball history

Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN)
Gentry Complex
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)

Current head coach: Brian “Penny” Collins (2018-)

  • Asst: Jerry Nichols (2018-)
  • Asst: Russ Willemsen (2018-)
  • Asst: Josh Bone (2019-)
  • Sr. Advisor to the HC: Ricky Collins (2019-)
  • DBO: Brandon Lockridge (2022-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1993, 1994)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  0-2
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NIT Overall Record:  0-0
  • CIT Appearances:  3  (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • CIT Overall Record:  0-3
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1970, 1973)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  8  (1963, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  4  (1970, 1972, 1973, 1975)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Overall Record:  19-9
  • NAIA National Championships:  3  (1957, 1958, 1959)   
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  7  (1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  23-4

Conference Titles (Ohio Valley):

Award Winners:




Tennessee State head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Brian Collins 2018-Pres 45-73 0 0 0
Dana Ford 2014-18 57-65 0 0 0
Travis Williams 2012-14 23-40 0 0 0
John Cooper 2009-12 43-52 0 0 0
Mark Pittman (int.) 2009 6-2 0 0 0
Cy Alexander 2003-09 67-106 0 0 0
Teresa Phillips (int.) 2003 0-1 0 0 0
Hosea Lewis (int.) 2002-03 0-19 0 0 0
Nolan Richardson III 2000-02 23-41 0 0 0
Frankie Allen 1991-2000 115-140 2 2 0
Ron Abernathy 1989-91 12-43 0 0 0
Larry Reid 1985-89 44-67 0 0 0
Ed Meyers (int.) 1984-85 6-13 0 0 0
Ed Martin 1968-84 284-154 0 6^ 0
Harold Hunter 1959-68 172-67 0 3^ 0
John B. McLendon 1954-59 149-20 0 4^ 3^
Clarence Cash 1951-54 59-13 0 2^ 0
Henry A. Kean 1944-49, 50-51 108-26 0 0 0
Shelton A. Mathews 1949-50 18-3 0 0 0

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


^ These tournament appearances and national championships came when the Tennessee State program was at either the NAIA or NCAA Division II level; TSU moved up to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.