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McConnell-Miller Adds Autry to Coaching Staff

Brad Autry begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Hurricane
Brad Autry begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Hurricane
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Aug. 15, 2000

University of Tulsa Head Women's Basketball coach Kathy McConnell-Miller announced today the appointment of Brad Autry as an assistant coach for the Golden Hurricane.

After spending one year as the administrative assistant/academic advisor for the Tulsa men's basketball team, Autry returns to coaching with the TU women's basketball program. 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.

"Brad brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff as well as the team," McConnell-Miller said. "He understands the game and will contribute to the building our program that is striving to become competitive on the national level. Brad is a high-energy person with great people skills and has a very positive attitude.

"I believe the addition of Coach Autry will create a very cohesive chemistry with our team. I am extremely excited about the upcoming season."

"I'm thrilled at the opportunity to stay at The University of Tulsa and be a part of the TU women's basketball program," Autry said. "I have admired the work Kathy and her staff has done over the last year and I'm excited to be a part of this building process. I think the potential for this program is unlimited."

Prior to coming to Tulsa, Autry spent five seasons as an assistant men's 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 master's 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 bachelor's 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.