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Saturday, July 27th, 2024

at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For table sponsorship info: Call David Thetford – 806-777-0677
or send an email request to: [email protected]

Gerald Myers

Class of 2018

Gerald Myers

He probably didn’t know it when he was a young boy, but basketball would open doors for Gerald Myers his entire life. He might have begun to see a future in athletics when he walked into the gym at Borger High School. His outstanding high school career for the Bulldogs earned him a scholarship to play basketball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He was a three-year letterman for the Red Raiders from 1956-1959, and was named First Team All-Southwest Conference, Texas Tech’s first ever selection to an All-SWC Team. Little Man All-America also honored him as a First Team selection. Myers still ranks second All-Time for Texas Tech free throw percentage at 86.9%. He set that mark in the 1957-58 season. His stellar basketball playing career led him to a long and successful coaching career, beginning at Monterey High School from 1960 through 1967. Although not a long tenure, those years would prove to be some of the most successful in Plainsmen Basketball history and set the standard for excellence in basketball. He won 74% of his games at Monterey, finishing with an overall record of 150 wins and 53 losses. He is the only Monterey Basketball Coach to take the Plainsmen to the Texas State Tournament, and he did it twice. The 1961-62 Team was the first to make it to State, finishing the year with a 30 and 5 record. Those 30 wins are still tied for the most wins in a season in Monterey Basketball History with the 1984-85 Team. He then made it to State with the 1965-66 Team. That team won 90% of their games, finishing the season with 28 wins and only 3 losses. His exceptional coaching career at Monterey led him back to college as a head basketball coach. His first stop was at Houston Baptist University from 1967 to 1970, but he was destined to come back to Lubbock. Texas Tech Coach Bob Bass hired him as an assistant coach in 1970, before leaving during the 1970-71 season. Myers was named the Interim Head Coach and was soon named the Head Coach of the Red Raiders. For the next 21 years, he would lead Texas Tech Basketball. The Red Raiders won 326 games during that span, including two Southwest Conference Championships (1973, 1976), three Southwest Conference Tournament Championships (1976, 1985, 1986), four NCAA Tournaments, and one NIT Tournament. The 1975-76 team made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 finishing with a record of 25 wins and 6 losses. He was named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year five times, and still holds the record for most Coaching Wins in Texas Tech Basketball History. Coach Myers also served as President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and won the NABC Metropolitan Award for Contributions to College Basketball. After 31 years as a coach, he went into athletic administration at Texas Tech in 1991. He served as Assistant Athletic Director until 1996 when he was named Interim Athletic Director. In 1997, Coach Myers assumed the official title of Texas Tech Athletic Director. He would be in that leadership role through 2011. During that tenure, he took the Red Raiders from the Southwest Conference to the Big 12 Conference, grew the budget from 9 million to 50 million, and oversaw the biggest athletic facility upgrade in Texas Tech History. Coach Myers has been selected to the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, The Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, and this past April he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. For his outstanding achievement at Monterey High School and all of his exceptional accomplishments throughout his career, Coach Gerald Myers is now a member of the Lubbock ISD Athletic Hall of Honor.
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