What They Are Saying About Tim Floyd

Tim Floyd was named UTEP's 18th men's basketball head coach on March 30, 2010 -- returning to the place where he landed his first full-time coaching position nearly 30 years earlier.

Floyd, an assistant coach at UTEP from 1978-86, has posted a 465-274 record in 23 seasons as a college head coach. His teams have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances and five trips to the NIT. Floyd's previous collegiate coaching stops include Idaho (1986-88), New Orleans (1988-94), Iowa State (1994-98) and USC (2005-09).

Floyd led Iowa State and USC to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 2007 respectively, and New Orleans advanced three rounds in the NIT in 1990. Floyd's teams have also won three conference tournaments (New Orleans 1990, Iowa State 1996, USC 2009), while posting thirteen 20-win seasons.

Floyd was also a head coach in the National Basketball Association for five seasons with the Chicago Bulls (1998-2002) and New Orleans Hornets (2003-04). He led a major rebuilding effort with the Bulls following the departure of coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Floyd directed the Hornets to the 2004 NBA playoffs, where they lost to Miami in a seven-game first round series.

In 2016-17, Floyd engineered one of the biggest in-season turnarounds in the nation as the Miners started the season 2-13, but finished 13-4 and tied for third place in Conference USA with a 12-6 mark. UTEP was the only C-USA team to defeat league champion and NCAA Tournament participant Middle Tennessee. The Miners stunned the Blue Raiders in El Paso, 57-54. Floyd's work was even more remarkable considering that UTEP lost three players from the previous year's team -- Lee Moore, Josh McSwiggan and Terry Winn -- who were all expected to be major contributors and potentially starters.

Senior guard Dominic Artis made the Miners go in 2016-17, becoming only the fourth player in C-USA history to register 400 points, 150 rebounds, 150 assists and 50 steals in a season. But Floyd got the most out of every other player on the roster as well, including Omega Harris (17.0 ppg), Matt Willms (11.4 ppg), Paul Thomas (8.6 ppg), Jake Flaggert, and reserves Kelvin Jones and Trey Touchet. All six players improved over the course of the campaign.

The Miners got back to winning by embracing the principles of defense. Over their final 15 C-USA games, they allowed 63.4 ppg while holding opponents to a field goal percentage of .395 and a three-point field goal percentage of .293.

Floyd coaxed a newcomer-laden roster to 19 victories in 2015-16. The Miners had 10 new players -- tied for the third-top total in the country -- and three new starters in Artis, Moore and Winn. They also had a severe lack of depth on the interior spearheaded by Hooper Vint, who had started one game entering his senior year. Floyd compensated by introducing a four-guard lineup in early February and the Miners took off, winning eight of their final 11 games.

UTEP averaged 77.4 points per game, the most explosive scoring attack of Floyd's career. The Miners scored 80 points 15 times, one shy of the school record. Their 223 three-point field goals set a new school standard. Five Miners had double-figure scoring averages led by Moore, a third team All-Conference USA selection at 15.4 ppg.

Other highlights from the 2015-16 campaign included a 6-0 start, the team's first in 15 years, and a championship at the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic. The Miners posted three of the biggest comeback victories in school history (Colorado State, Marshall, WKU). The 93-89 overtime victory over the Hilltoppers came after trailing by 19 points in the second half and on the day that UTEP celebrated the 50th anniversary of its 1966 national championship team.

UTEP made its second straight postseason appearance in 2015, earning a spot in the NIT field. The Miners increased their conference win total for the third straight year, finishing in a tie for second place in Conference USA with a 13-5 mark. The 13 conference victories tied for the third-most in school history. UTEP was led by first team All-Conference USA forward Vince Hunter, who enjoyed one of the best seasons by a sophomore in school history. He became the first Miner to lead the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks in 23 years. Hunter was one of 15 players named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, presented to the top small forward in the country.

UTEP was also fueled by the stellar senior class of C.J. Cooper, Cedrick Lang and Julian Washburn, who etched their names into the school record book in numerous statistical categories. Only the third player in the history of C-USA to garner three appointments to the league's All-Defensive Team, Washburn was finally honored as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year while routinely shutting down players of all sizes.

The Miners posted wins over NCAA Tournament-bound NM State, UAB and Xavier in 2014-15. They won nine of their last 11 C-USA games to snag the #2 seed in the league tournament.

The 2013-14 campaign may have represented Floyd's finest coaching performance. Three guards that the Miners had signed for the season, including a McDonald's All-American, either fell short of academic expectations or never made it to campus. Two months into the season, the backcourt was further decimated with the loss of three more scholarship players.

With just one point guard (Cooper) on the roster who was routinely forced to play 38 or 40 minutes, the Miners came within a win of tying for the Conference USA regular season championship. UTEP won its first five league road games for the first time in school history and had an eight-game C-USA winning streak, its second-longest since joining C-USA, from mid-January to mid-February. The Miners had three All-Conference players (John Bohannon, Hunter, Washburn), and Hunter was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year. UTEP led Conference USA in both field goal percentage (.465) and field goal percentage defense (.382), and the Miners rated among the national leaders in both field goal percentage defense (sixth) and three-point field goal percentage defense (ninth, .295).

Floyd was named the NABC UPS District 11 Coach of the Year. District 11 is comprised of C-USA schools and the winners are selected based on a vote by head coaches. Floyd was previously named the NABC District Coach of the Year in 1989 (New Orleans, District 8), 1993 (New Orleans, District 8), 1996 (Iowa State, District 12) and 2006 (USC, District 15).

During the 2012-13 season UTEP played a non-conference schedule that was ranked as the nation's toughest by ESPN analysts, and more than held its own with wins over NCAA Tournament participants Oregon and NM State and narrow losses to Oklahoma (68-61), UNLV (62-60) and Colorado State (62-58). The Miners finished third in C-USA action, falling to first-place Memphis (56-54) and second-place Southern Miss (45-39) by a combined eight points. Leading scorer Washburn (12.3 ppg) was a third team All-League selection, as well as an All-Defensive Team honoree.

Floyd directed the 2011-12 Miners, a team with only one senior (Gabriel McCulley) and seven freshmen, to 15 wins. UTEP beat the top three teams in Conference USA (Memphis, Southern Miss, Tulsa), as well as NCAA Tournament participant NM State. The Miners also knocked off Clemson and Auburn at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

Despite battling a severe lack of experience and enduring injuries to big men Lang and Malcolm Moore, the Miners stood 7-6 in C-USA play before dropping their final three league games. Six of UTEP's nine C-USA losses came by nine points or less, and the Miners fell 11 points shy of going 10-6 in league play.

Three of UTEP's top four scorers were underclassmen, including Washburn, who earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team while averaging 11.2 points per game. Washburn was a four-time C-USA Freshman of the Week over the course of the season.

In his first season as UTEP's head coach, Floyd orchestrated a 25-10 mark, a berth in the Conference USA Tournament title game and the school's first NIT bid in five years. The Miners tied for second place in the C-USA standings with an 11-5 mark and lost in triple overtime at eventual regular season champion UAB. UTEP's backcourt featured a pair of All-Conference players in Randy Culpepper (19.3 ppg) and Julyan Stone, who concluded his career as the league leader with 714 career assists.

While severely depleted in the frontcourt following the departures of Derrick Caracter and Arnett Moultrie, the Miners didn't miss much of a beat in following up their 2009-10 NCAA Tournament season. UTEP posted a 19-3 mark at home, its most victories in the Haskins Center in 25 years, including a 74-47 triumph over C-USA Tournament champion Memphis.

Prior to returning to the Sun City, Floyd was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets after setting school records by leading USC to three straight 20-win seasons and three consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 2007-09. Floyd posted 85 wins at USC, more than any other Trojan coach in a four-year period. He recorded his 300th college coaching victory on Feb. 7, 2008 at Washington. USC's 25 wins during the 2006-07 season were a school record.

Not only does Floyd have a reputation for being one of the top coaches in college basketball, but he has excelled at player development as well. Seventeen players have made it to the NBA in Floyd's 23 seasons as a college head coach, including three who did not play high school basketball.

Floyd began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech, in 1977 before moving on to UTEP where he was a part of the Miners' run to three NCAA Tournaments (1984-86) and three NITs (1980-81, 1983). While serving as UTEP's primary recruiter, Floyd put together classes of players that won five straight Western Athletic Conference titles (1983-87) and appeared in seven consecutive NCAA tournaments (1984-90).

In his first season as a college head coach at Idaho (1986-87), Floyd orchestrated a 16-14 record with a team coming off three straight last place finishes in the Big Sky Conference. Floyd was 35-25 in two seasons with the Vandals before moving to the University of New Orleans, where he engineered five postseason tournament appearances in six seasons. UNO averaged 21 victories under Floyd, who became one of just four NCAA Division I coaches to win four conference championships in their first five years at a school. He was twice named his conference's Coach of the Year at New Orleans (American South in 1989 and Sun Belt in 1993).

In May of 2014, Floyd was enshrined in the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

He compiled an 81-47 mark at Iowa State, becoming the only Cyclone coach to post three consecutive 20-win seasons and lead the team to three straight NCAA Tournament first round victories. Three of his teams ended the season ranked in the nation's top 20, including the 1997 squad that rose to as high as fourth in the country. ISU won a then-school record 24 games in his second season (1995-96). He was tabbed the Big Eight Coach of the Year and was runner-up for AP National Coach of the Year after leading the Cyclones to their first-ever Big Eight Tournament championship. In September of 2011, Floyd was inducted into the Iowa State Hall of Fame.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Floyd spent two seasons as a walk-on at Southern Miss before earning a scholarship at Louisiana Tech. He received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Louisiana Tech in 1977. Growing up, Floyd worked summers for the New Orleans Saints, who held their training camp in Hattiesburg at the time.

Floyd and his wife, Beverly, have a daughter, Shannon. His daughter had a brief role and Floyd served as the basketball advisor for the 2006 movie Glory Road, which chronicles UTEP's (then known as Texas Western College) drive to the historic 1966 national title.

Floyd's late father, Lee, was a member of UTEP's (then known as the College of Mines and Mettalurgy) 1941 Border Conference championship team and was also a head basketball coach at the college level. Lee Floyd is the second-winningest coach in Southern Miss history, fashioning a mark of 246-148 from 1949-54 and 1962-71.

Tim Floyd College Head Coaching Record

Season School Overall Conference Conference Finish/Postseason
1986-87 Idaho 16-14 5-9 t5th Big Sky
1987-88 Idaho 19-11 11-5 2nd Big Sky
1988-89 New Orleans 19-11 7-3 1st American South; NIT first round
1989-90 New Orleans 21-11 8-2 t1st ASC; ASC Tournament Champs; NIT quarterfinals
1990-91 New Orleans 23-8 9-3 t1st ASC; NCAA first round
1991-92 New Orleans 18-14 9-7 7th Sun Belt
1992-93 New Orleans 26-4 18-0 1st SBC; 2nd SBC Tournament; NCAA first round
1993-94 New Orleans 20-10 12-6 3rd SBC; NIT second round
1994-95 Iowa State 23-11 6-8 5th Big Eight; 2nd Big Eight Tournament; NCAA second round
1995-96 Iowa State 24-9 9-5 2nd Big Eight; Big Eight Tournament Champs; NCAA second round
1996-97 Iowa State 22-9 10-6 t3rd Big Eight; NCAA Sweet 16
1997-98 Iowa State 12-18 5-11 11th Big Eight
2005-06 USC 17-13 8-10 6th Pac-10
2006-07 USC 25-12 11-7 t3rd Pac-10; 2nd Pac-10 Tournament; NCAA Sweet 16
2007-08 USC 21-12 11-7 t3rd Pac-10; Pac-10 Tournament semifinals; NCAA first round
2008-09 USC 22-13 9-9 t5th Pac-10; Pac-10 Tournament Champs; NCAA second round
2010-11 UTEP 25-10 11-5 t2nd C-USA; 2nd C-USA Tournament; NIT first round
2011-12 UTEP 15-17 7-9 t8th C-USA
2012-13 UTEP 18-14 10-6 3rd C-USA
2013-14 UTEP 23-11 12-4 5th C-USA
2014-15 UTEP 22-11 13-5 t2nd C-USA; NIT first round
2015-16 UTEP 19-14 10-8 6th C-USA
2016-17 UTEP 15-17 12-6 t3rd C-USA
Totals 465-274 223-141

Tim Floyd NBA Head Coaching Record

Season & Team Record Postseason
1998-99 Chicago Bulls 13-37
1999-2000 Chicago Bulls 17-65
2000-01 Chicago Bulls 15-67
2001-02 Chicago Bulls 4-21
2003-04 New Orleans Hornets 41-41 NBA Playoffs first round
Totals 93-235

Tim Floyd's NBA Players

Player School Year NBA Team(s)
Raymond Brown Idaho 1988 Utah
Tony Harris New Orleans 1990 Philadelphia, Boston
*Ervin Johnson New Orleans 1993 Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Minnesota
*Michael McDonald New Orleans 1994 Charlotte
Fred Hoiberg Iowa State 1995 Indiana, Chicago, Minnesota
Loren Meyer Iowa State 1995 Dallas, Phoenix
*Kelvin Cato Iowa State 1997 Portland, Houston, Orlando
Dedric Willoughby Iowa State 1997 Chicago
Marcus Fizer Iowa State 2000 Chicago, Milwaukee
Paul Shirley Iowa State 2000 Chicago, Phoenix
Gabe Pruitt USC 2007 Boston
Nick Young USC 2007 Washington, L.A. Clippers, Philadelphia, L.A. Lakers
O.J. Mayo USC 2008 Memphis, Dallas, Milwaukee
Taj Gibson USC 2009 Chicago, Oklahoma City
DeMar DeRozan USC 2009 Toronto
Nikola Vucevic USC 2009 Philadelphia, Orlando
Julyan Stone UTEP 2011 Denver, Toronto

* Denotes players that did not play high school basketball

Tim Floyd

Tim  Floyd

Hattiesburg, Miss.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Louisiana Tech, 1977

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