Tony Benford

Tony Benford (born March 22, 1964)

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: TCU Horned Frogs (Head coach: Jamie Dixon)
Current conference: Big 12 Conference
Teams coached: North Texas Mean Green, LSU Tigers
North Texas record: 62-95 (.395)
LSU record: 3-2 (.600)
Overall record: 65-97 (.401)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2019)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (2019)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present TCU (assoc. HC)
2019-2021 TCU (asst)
2019 LSU (interim HC)
2017-2019 LSU (asst)
2012-2017 North Texas
2011-2012 Marquette (assoc. HC)
2008-2011 Marquette (asst)
2006-2008 Nebraska (asst)
2004-2006 Arizona State (assoc. HC)
1998-2004 Arizona State (asst)
1992-1998 New Mexico (asst)

Tony Benford Facts

  • Tony L. Benford
  • Born March 22, 1964
  • Hometown: Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Alma Mater: Texas Tech University (BA, 1986)
  • Was New Mexico Player of the Year in 1982 at Hobbs HS before heading to Texas Tech to play for head coach Gerald Myers
  • Drafted in the fourth round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, though his professional career was spent in the Dutch Basketball League
  • Began coaching back in his home state in 1992 as an assistant under Dave Bliss at New Mexico
  • After 6 years at UNM, joined Rob Evans‘ staff at Arizona State – started as an assistant and then promoted to associate head coach in 2004
    • Benford would later hire Evans as his associate head coach at North Texas
  • Spent two years on Doc Sadler‘s staff at Nebraska and then four on Buzz Williams‘ staff at Marquette – two as an assistant and two as associate head coach – before being hired at North Texas in 2012
  • In five years as the Mean Green head coach, Benford went 62-95 overall and 30-60 in conference
    • Benford was the coach in 2013 when UNT moved from the Sun Belt to Conference USA
    • Fired in March 2017 following a 8-22 (2-16) seasons
  • Joined Will Wade‘s first staff at LSU as an assistant coach in March 2017
    • Took over as interim head coach in March 2019 while Wade was suspended; coached the Tigers to a 3-2 record and reached the NCAA Sweet 16
  • Following Wade‘s reinstatement at LSU, Benford left to be one of Jamie Dixon‘s assistants at TCU
    • In 2021, Benford was elevated to associate head coach for the Horned Frogs
  • Along with his wife, Deborah, has two daughters and one son

Tony Benford Coaching Tree