Frank Haith is in his second year as head basketball coach at The University of Tulsa.
Haith was named the program’s 30th head coach on April 18, 2014. He carries 29 years of collegiate coaching experience and 18 years of advancing to postseason competition. He has averaged 20.7 wins in his 11 seasons as head coach, while compiling an overall 228-140 record for a .620 winning percentage, including a 23-11 record at Tulsa. Nine of his 11 teams have advanced to postseason competition.
In his first season at TU in 2014-15, Haith led the Golden Hurricane to a 23-11 record and an appearance in the second round of the postseason NIT. The Hurricane, which was picked to finish fifth in its first season of competition in the American Athletic Conference, finished second in the league with a 14-4 record, and advanced to the semifinals of The American Conference Championship. TU boasted a 12-game winning streak during the season, which included a 10-0 start to conference play – its best league start since 1968-69.
Haith coached two all-conference guards in 2014-15 – first-team selection James Woodard and second-team selection Shaquille Harrison. Last season, the Hurricane won 20 games for the 22nd time in program history, and advanced to the postseason for the 28th time. TU also held 17 opponents below a .400 field goal percentage, collected eight road victories, and defeated Memphis twice in the same season for the first time since 1970-71.
Haith, 49, was the 2012 Associate Press and USBWA National Coach of the Year, and was a National Coach of the Year finalist in 2005. He spent the previous 10 seasons as a head coach at two universities. His first seven seasons were spent at the University of Miami and the following three years at the University of Missouri.
Haith has transitioned all three programs into new conferences, moving Miami from the Big East Conference to the ACC and Missouri from the Big 12 Conference into the SEC. Tulsa transitioned into the American Athletic Conference from Conference USA on July 1, 2014.
In his three seasons at Missouri, Haith's teams posted a 76-28 record, while advancing in consecutive seasons to the NCAA Tournament and this past year moving to second round action in the postseason NIT. His first team at Missouri recorded a 30-5 mark during the 2011-12 campaign, and finished with a 23-11 record in 2012-13 and 23-12 mark this past season.
Haith became the fastest Mizzou head coach to post 50 wins and was the winningest coach at Missouri through two seasons with a 53-16 record for a .768 winning percentage. He led the basketball program during Missouri's transition from the Big 12 Conference to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2012-13.
Missouri was the lone college basketball program in the 2012-13 season to advance to NCAA Tournament play with just one returning starter. During Missouri's NCAA Tournament run that year, the Tigers enjoyed its second undefeated season in Mizzou Arena history, going 17-0 at home with wins over a pair of nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 5 Florida.
Picked fourth in the 2011-12 Big 12 Conference preseason coaches' poll, Missouri won a school-record 14 league games, and finished second in the conference standings with a 14-4 mark. The Tigers won the school's final Big 12 Tournament Championship with a 3-0 run in Kansas City, before advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2011-12, Haith received recognition in the form of numerous coaching accolades, including the prestigious Henry Iba National Coach of the Year honor, as well as the Associated Press National Coach of the Year. He was also named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and was the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District VI Coach of the Year. As a first-year coach, Haith guided his team to more regular season wins than any other Mizzou coach before him, and became the first Tiger head coach since 1920-21 to win his first 14 games.
During Haith's tenure, Missouri posted a 10-7 record against top-25 teams, including a 5-5 mark vs. schools ranked among the top-10 nationally. In his first of seven seasons at Miami, Haith guided the `Canes to seven ACC victories (despite being picked last) and qualified for postseason play in 2004-05. He was named a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist and NABC District 6 Coach of the Year in 2005.
Miami returned to postseason play the following year (2005-06) as the Hurricanes won 18 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, recording the program's first postseason wins since 2000. Over his final four seasons, Haith's Miami squad averaged 21 wins per season, with four consecutive postseason trips and had three of the school's six all-time 20-win ledgers. His Miami teams won six total games in the NCAA and National Invitation tournaments, including a memorable run to the second round of the Big Dance in 2008. The `Canes went 23-11 in Haith's fourth season, just one win shy of the school record and he was named a finalist for ACC Coach of the Year and the Skip Prosser Man of the Year honors.
During his time as a head coach, Haith's players were visible in the community, while he also saw an incredible 31-of-33 seniors walk across the stage to receive a diploma.
Haith paid his own way through Elon and graduated in 1988, while beginning his coaching career as a student assistant coach at the school in 1986. Haith helped the Phoenix twice win 20 games and earned the opportunity to coach at Wake Forest in the 1989-90 as a graduate assistant.
His first full-time coaching position on the Division I level came at UNC-Wilmington from 1990-92, and then went on to a three-year stop at Texas A&M from 1992-95, which included helping the Aggies reach postseason play in 1994.
A remarkable 21-win campaign during his one season at Penn State (1995-96) allowed the Nittany Lions to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 31 years, and he returned to Texas A&M and the Big 12 Conference for one season as the Aggies' Associate Head Coach in 1996-97 before returning to Wake Forest in 1997-98. The Demon Deacons reached postseason play each of his four years in Winston-Salem, including winning the NIT Championship in 2000 and reaching NCAA Tournament play in 2001.
Haith parlayed that success at Wake Forest into an opportunity at the University of Texas. Under Rick Barnes, Haith was, at the time, a part of the winningest three-year stretch in Texas Basketball history. The Longhorns averaged better than 24 wins per season and never failed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns advanced to the Final Four in 2003 and Haith worked magic on the recruiting trail, ushering four McDonald's All-Americans to Austin, including Brad Buckman (2002), LaMarcus Aldridge (2004), Daniel Gibson (2004) and Michael Williams (2004). Texas' 2004 recruiting class was rated No. 2 nationally by Rivals.com, while Aldridge became the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2006 NBA Draft.
Born in Queens, New York, Haith spent most of his childhood growing up in Burlington, North Carolina. He is one of 11 siblings. Haith and his wife Pam have two children: Corey, a junior at Tulsa, and Brianna.
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