Former basketball coach Billy Tubbs has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former basketball coach Billy Tubbs has passed away. He was 85.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, he battled leukemia since 2015.

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He reportedly passed away on Sunday. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

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“It is with deep-rooted sadness we announce that our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Billy Tubbs, passed away Sunday morning in Norman at the age of 85,” the family said in a statement. “He had battled a form of leukemia since being diagnosed in 2015. He died peacefully surrounded by family.

“Through his passing represents a tremendous loss for everyone close to him. Our family is comforted by the knowledge he lived an extremely spirited life full of outstanding accomplishment in and out of sports. Many are aware of his remarkable achievements as a basketball coach, but we will remember him for way more than all of his wins, conference titles, and NCAA tournament success. He was a piece competitor in everything he faced, and that was never more evident than in his final days.”

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Tubbs coached from 1960 through 2006. He also served as an Athletic Director at Lamar from 2002 through 2011.

As a head coach, Tubbs went 641-340. He also went 18-12 in NCAA Tournament games and went 11-6 in the NIT.

The St. Louis, Missouri-born coach served as a head coach twice at Lamar. First, he led the team from 1976 through 1980.

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He then coached Lamar again from 2003 through 2006.

Tubbs also coached at Oklahoma from 1980 through 1994. He also coached TCU from 1994 through 2002.

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Before getting his first head coaching opportunity at Lamar, he also served as an assistant at Lamar Tech and North Texas. He also served as a head coach at Southwestern in Texas from 1971 through 1973.

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