UTEP to Name New Orleans Hornet's Assistant Tim Floyd As Basketball Head Coach

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 30, 2010

The University of Texas at El Paso has announced that they will name current New Orleans Hornets assistant coach Tim Floyd as head coach of their basketball program.

Floyd's coaching career began at UTEP back in 1977 as an assistant coach to Hall of Famer Don Haskins, who lead UTEP to three straight NCAA Tournaments (1984-86).

His head coaching resume is impressive with collegiate winning records everywhere he has coached.

Floyd's first head coaching stint began at Idaho where he recorded a 16-14 record his first season. He improved the next year going 19-11 and finished second in the conference.

He left Idaho to coach at New Orleans where he recorded winning seasons in all six years he was there and took the Privateers to the NCAA Tournament in his third and fifth years. He recorded a 26-4 season record during his fifth year.

Floyd left to then coach at Iowa State where he brought the team to two consecutive NCAA second round appearances and then lead the team to the Sweet 16 in the 1996-97 season.

In 1999, Floyd began his professional career coaching the Chicago Bulls. He fared poorly in the NBA missing the playoffs every year with the Bulls. Floyd was then signed as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets.

Floyd's NBA record is 90-231.

In 2005, Floyd returned to the college game and joined the Trojans of USC to coach the men's basketball team. In his second season he led the Trojans to a 25-12 record and a Sweet 16 appearance, but left amid scandalous allegations about the program.

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