Connect to local news for just $4.99 a month for 12 months. “I promise to make the most of this opportunity and honor everyone involved,” Gillispie said. Gillispie was named head coach at Tarleton State, taking over a program making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. “After a national search and an extensive interview process, we are confident that Coach Gillispie’s experience and commitment to Tarleton and our community make him the right person to build on the storied success of Texan basketball.”. Being able to recruit great players, they've done all that for the last 32 years. “I think because of being a victim of our success, turning around things so fast, I might have approached the last Division I jobs a little bit different because I just felt so much pressure,” he said. Ranger College was 31-7 during Gillispie's debut in 2015-16, but it had to forfeit those wins because of an ineligible player. A week later, Gillispie went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he said then that he was treated for kidney problems, abnormal headaches and high blood pressure. He has spent the majority of his coaching career in the state. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. "Coach Gillispie has shown to truly be genuine in the way he cares about helping student-athletes achieve great success both on and off the court," school president James Hurley said. The West Texas native accepted one close to home, far from the overbearing pressure of trying to reach the Final Four or win a national championship. The former UTEP, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Texas Tech coach had been at a Texas junior college the past five years. He was fired after only two seasons when the Wildcats missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years, and he had a two-year hiatus from coaching before his troubled year at Texas Tech. 24 ESPN 100 prospect Collins, Michigan's Brown eligible in '20-21 after transfer, Dick Vitale's college basketball preseason All-Americans for 2020-21, Big East predictions: UConn's back; Villanova wants more, How one Georgia Tech assistant helped get Election Day off for all Div. In a press release on Monday, Tarleton State announced that Gillispie is taking over as its new head basketball coach. STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Billy Gillispie was named head coach at Tarleton State, taking over a program making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. (Zach Long/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP, File), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news, Tarleton State announced Monday night that the 60-year-old Gillispie agreed to a four-year contract, announced his retirement midway through his second season. “I probably put too much pressure on myself, probably put too much pressure on our staff to perform and probably put too much pressure on the players because of the success that we had.”. pic.twitter.com/JKD6NfziTi. After leaving Kentucky, he had another drunken driving arrest and spent time in a substance-abuse program. Tarleton State begins the transition to Division I on July 1. Gillispie's first major college job was at the system's flagship university, Texas A&M, from 2004-07. NOTES — Terms of the contract are pending approval by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents. Looking for more election coverage? Tarleton State announced Monday night that the 60-year-old Gillispie agreed to a four-year contract through the 2023-24 season, a deal pending approval by regents for the Texas A&M system. I've had so many people try to help me, and help me get back to this point.". Gillispie agreed to a four-year deal, according to the Stephenville, Texas-based school. Gillispie resurrected his career at Ranger by going 134-31. Former Texas A&M and Kentucky head men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie was named head coach at Tarleton State on Monday, marking his return to Division I basketball for the first time since 2012. "I've always believed I have been the luckiest man alive and today continues to illustrate that thought.". All rights reserved. “I’ve always believed I have been the luckiest man alive and today continues to illustrate that thought.”. And it’s great to meet her.”, Coach Gillispie and I out for our afternoon walk. Tarleton State announced Monday night that the 60-year-old Gillispie agreed to a four-year contract through the 2023-24 season, a deal pending approval by regents for the Texas A&M system. Gillispie was named head coach at Tarleton State, taking over a program making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. sports Texas A&M Aggies. "After a national search and an extensive interview process, we are confident that Coach Gillispie's experience and commitment to Tarleton and our community make him the right person to build on the storied success of Texan basketball.". Billy Gillispie could be coaching Division-I basketball again..

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