After a four-year stint teaching at his alma mater, Ranger School, Billy Gillispie is leaping up a degree and taking on Division II Tarleton State, the varsity introduced on Monday. Gillispie beforehand served as head coach at UTEP, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier than his most up-to-date stint at Ranger School.

The varsity is planning to carry a digital press convention on Tuesday to formally introduce Gillispie.

“Coach Gillispie has proven to actually be real in the best way he cares about serving to student-athletes obtain nice success each on and off the court docket,” mentioned Tarleton State president Dr. James Hurley. “After a nationwide search and an in depth interview course of, we’re assured that Coach Gillispie’s expertise and dedication to Tarleton and our group make him the proper particular person to construct on the storied success of Texan basketball.”

Gillispie led Texas A&M to the NCAA Event in his remaining two seasons earlier than taking the Kentucky job in 2007. There, he led the Wildcats to an 18-13 file and an NCAA Event berth in his first season however missed the event in his second season. He didn’t get a 3rd season and was fired in 2009 after guiding UK to a 40-27 general file throughout his tenure. Inside every week, Kentucky had tabbed Memphis coach John Calipari as his successor.

Gillispie was out of basketball for a number of years earlier than resurfacing at Texas Tech, a stint that was even shorter than Kentucky. He lasted one season, main the Purple Raiders to an Eight-23 file. Texas Tech misplaced 18 of its remaining 19 video games and completed final within the Massive 12. He resigned from the Purple Raiders, citing well being causes. 

At Ranger, Gillispie confirmed some indicators of a training resurgence. He went 103-24 in his 4 seasons on the faculty and led this system to the NJCAA nationwide title sport in 2019. He was named JUCO Nationwide Coach of the Yr.

“I can not wait to get began,” Gillispie mentioned. “At Tarleton, we might be inheriting an ultra-successful program that Lonn and Chris Reisman established in addition to numerous others which have poured their hearts and souls into Texan Basketball for greater than 30 years. No program has been extra profitable throughout that point. We are going to strive our hardest day-after-day to honor the efforts which have been made as we transfer into a brand new period of Division I basketball and make each one of many Tarleton devoted proud.”

Tarleton State is slated to leap from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I on July 1, 2020, and might be a member of the Western Athletic Convention in basketball.