Tex Winter

Tex Winter (1922-2018)

Teams coached: Marquette WarriorsKansas State WildcatsWashington Huskies, Houston Rockets, Northwestern WildcatsLong Beach State 49ers
Marquette record: 25-25 (.500)
Kansas State record: 261-118 (.689)
Washington record: 45-35 (.563)
Northwestern record: 44-87 (.336)
Long Beach State record: 78-69 (.531)
Overall record^: 453-334 (.576)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  6  (1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1968)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  6  (1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1968)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  2  (1958, 1964)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1980)
  • Big Seven/Eight Regular Season Champion:  8  (1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1968)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1999-2008 Los Angeles Lakers (asst)
1985-1998 Chicago Bulls (asst)
1983-1985 LSU (asst)
1978-1983 Long Beach State
1973-1978 Northwestern
1971-1973 Houston Rockets
1968-1971 Washington
1953-1968 Kansas State
1951-1953 Marquette
1947-1951 Kansas State (asst)

Tex Winter Facts

  • Morice Fredrick Winter
  • Born February 25, 1922
  • Died October 10, 2018
  • Hometown: Wellington, Texas
  • Alma Mater: University of Southern California (BA, 1947)
  • The Texas-native earned the nickname “Tex” when his mother moved him to California in 1936
  • Attended Compton CC (CA) then played basketball and competed in pole vault at Oregon State for two years
    • Considered a strong candidate for the cancelled 1944 Olympics, Winter entered the US Navy in 1943
  • After his military service, Winter finished his degree and playing career at USC, where he learned the triangle offense from Trojans’ head coach Sam Barry
  • Joined Jack Gardner‘s staff at Kansas State in 1947, working with the Wildcats for four seasons
  • Spent two years as the head coach at Marquette before returning to K-State in 1953
  • Was the head coach at Washington (three years), Northwestern (five years) and Long Beach State (five years) but never returned to the NCAA Tournament
    • In between college jobs, Winter posted a 51-78 record in two seasons as the head coach of the Houston Rockets
    • Also spent two seasons on Dale Brown‘s staff at LSU
  • Returned to the professional ranks in 1985, joining the staff of new Chicago Bulls head coach Stan Albeck
    • Stayed on with the Bulls through the tenure of Doug Collins and the entirety of Phil Jackson’s time in Chicago
      • Was on the bench for all six NBA Championships with Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
  • Joined Jackson again in 1999 as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, working with the team for nine seasons
    • During his tenure LA, Winter was a part of another three NBA titles, giving him a total of nine in his career
    • Served as a consultant to the team for the 2008-09 season, in which the Lakers again won the NBA title
  • A stroke suffered in 2009 resulted in Winter’s retirement from basketball
    • Lived in Manhattan, Kansas after retiring until October 2018, when he passed away at the age of 96
  • Inducted into the College Basketball HOF in 2010 and Naismith HOF in 2011
    • Also a member of the Kansas Sports HOF and Compton CC Athletics HOF (2012)
  • Along with his wife has three sons

Tex Winter Coaching Tree


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