Tommy Joe Eagles

Tommy Joe Eagles (1949-1994)

Teams coached: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Auburn Tigers
Louisiana Tech record: 87-40 (.685)
Auburn record: 64-78 (.451)
Overall record: 151-118 (.561)

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Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1994 New Orleans
1989-1994 Auburn
1985-1989 Louisiana Tech
1978-1985 Louisiana Tech (asst)

Tommy Joe Eagles Facts

  • Tommy Joe Eagles
  • Born April 3, 1949
  • Died July 30, 1994
  • Hometown: Doyline, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: Louisiana Tech University (BA, 1971)
  • Played for four seasons at Louisiana Tech under head basketball coach Scotty Robertson
    • Served as a co-captain for the Bulldogs during his senior season (1970-71)
  • Started his career at the high school level in Louisiana, coaching at Cedar Creek HS (in Ruston) and Simsboro HS
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1978 to be an assistant under head coach J. D. Barnett
    • Stayed on for seven seasons, six of which were under the Bulldogs’ next head coach, Andy Russo
  • Took over as head coach at Louisiana Tech in 1985, leading the program for the next four seasons
    • Won two conference titles (one ASC and one Southland) and three conference tournaments (two ASC and one Southland)
      • Went to the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT twice
    • Was 87-40 overall, winning 20+ games in each of his four seasons at the helm
  • Left for Auburn in 1989, coaching the Tigers for the next five seasons
    • Went just 64-78 at Auburn, appearing in one NIT (1993) but failing to reach the NCAA Tournament
    • Resigned in 1994 following the Tigers’ 11-17 (3-13 SEC) season
  • Accepted the head coaching position at New Orleans in 1994, but never coached a game for the Privateers
  • Suffered a heart attack in July 1994 while visiting his former coach Scotty Robertson and other former players in Salt Lake City
    • Survived by his wife, Connie, their son, Jamie, and daughter, Katie
    • Posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics HOF (c/o 2017) and Louisiana Basketball HOF (c/o 2018)

Tommy Joe Eagles Coaching Tree

  • Tic Price (Lamar, McNeese State, Memphis, New Orleans)