Last year, the Hurricane men posted a school-record 32 wins, an NCAA "Elite Eight" appearance, a Western Athletic Conference Championship and a final national ranking of No. 9. Prior to coming to Tulsa, Autry spent five seasons as an assistant menís coach at Baylor University. He played an integral role in helping the Bears record two top-25 national recruiting classes in 1996 (#6) and 1999 (#21). While there, Baylor improved from a 9-18 overall record in 1994-95 in his first season to an 18-12 mark in 1996-97.
Before that, Autry spent two seasons (1992-94) as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Central Oklahoma while finishing his masterís degree in physical education. He helped Central Oklahoma register a two-year mark of 41-16, a 1993 Lone Star Conference Championship and back-to-back NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1993. Autry, 32, graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a bachelorís degree in physical education in 1991. While at Northwestern Oklahoma State, Autry was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a one-year letterwinner in track. He was an all-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference (OIC) basketball player as a senior. Autry led Northwestern Oklahoma State to OIC titles in 1988 and a co-championship in 1989. During his final two seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State, Autry played guard on teams that finished a combined 38-18. Autry was an academic all-OIC selection for three years and the OIC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1991 with a 3.80 GPA.
A native of Irving, Texas, Autry graduated from Balko High School in Balko, Oklahoma, where he was an all-state basketball player. He also earned all-state accolades in football and track as a prep athlete.
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