Tim Floyd Named USC Head Men's Basketball Coach
Jan. 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Tim Floyd, who has 17 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels, was hired today (Jan. 14) as the head men's basketball coach at USC, effective on April 1, 2005, Trojan athletic director Mike Garrett announced today.
'Tim Floyd will turn our program around,' said Garrett. 'He has proven several times that he can do it on the college level. He is an outstanding coach who not only knows how to get it done in college, but he brings another dimension having coached in the NBA. The Trojan men's basketball program is headed into a very promising era as we begin construction on our new arena and we're excited that Tim will lead us during this time.'
Said Floyd: 'I'm very appreciative of this opportunity. This is a great time to be at USC. There's a lot of excitement going on at the school, both academically and athletically. I see a great commitment toward making the men's basketball program as good as it can be and that's clearly evident with the new facility that is being built.
'There is a wealth of talent to recruit in the Los Angeles area, much more than at any of the college jobs I've had. And with USC's tremendous national reputation, the pieces are in place for USC to be successful at the national level.'
Floyd will spend this year as a Trojan assistant so that he can recruit, but he will not be involved in coaching the 2004-05 Trojans. Jim Saia, who was appointed USC's interim head coach when Henry Bibby was relieved of his duties as head coach on Dec. 6, will remain in that role the remainder of this season.
On Dec. 15, Rick Majerus was named USC's new coach, but he stepped down 5 days later because he said his health and fitness wasn't at the level necessary for the job.
Floyd, 50, served as a college head coach at Idaho, New Orleans and Iowa State before NBA head coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets.
He had great success during his 12 seasons at the college level, going 243-130 (.651) overall with 5 NCAA Tournament appearances.
His first head coaching job was at Idaho, where he went 35-25 (.583) in 2 seasons (1987-88). In his first season, the Vandals posted their first winning record in 4 seasons (after 3 straight last place Big Sky Conference finishes). His 1988 squad was the winningest Idaho team in 5 years and posted its best league finish in 6 years.
He then was the head coach at New Orleans for 6 years (1989-94), posting a 127-58 (.686) mark. During his tenure, UNO advanced to post-season play 5 times, including NCAA tourney appearances in 1991 and 1993, and won 4 regular season conference titles. His teams averaged 21 wins a season. He was one of just 4 Division I coaches to have won 4 conference championships in their first 5 years at a school. He was twice named his conference's Coach of the Year (American South in 1989 and Sun Belt in 1993).
He then went to Iowa State for 4 years (1995-98), going 81-47 (.633). He was the only Cyclone coach to ever post 3 consecutive 20-win seasons and lead the team to 3 straight NCAA Tournament first round victories. Iowa State rose to No. 4 in the rankings in 1997 and 3 of his teams finished in the Top 20. Iowa State won a then-school record 23 games in his 1995 debut season, getting into the NCAA tourney's second round and spending 11 consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25. His 1996 squad bettered that as it won 24 games and captured the school's first-ever Big Eight Tournament championship. That season, he was the Big Eight Coach of the Year and the runnerup for AP National Coach of the Year. His 1997 team went 22-9 and advanced to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen.
Floyd moved to the NBA as the Bulls' director of operations in the summer of 1998. But soon after when head coach Phil Jackson stepped down and Michael Jordan departed, Floyd took over as head coach for portions of 4 years (1999-2002) as the club began a major rebuilding process with a young roster. Overall, he was 49-190 with the Bulls before resigning in December of 2001, 25 games into the season.
He was out of coaching for a year before being hired as head coach of the NBA's Hornets. He went 41-41 in the 2004 season, losing in the first round of the playoffs, but was relieved of his duties after that season.
Floyd began his coaching career as a student assistant in 1977 at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech. He then served 9 seasons (1978-86) as an assistant and top recruiter at UTEP under Don Haskins. While there, he helped guide the Miners to 3 straight NCAA berths (1984-86), 3 NIT appearances (1980, 1981, 1983) and 4 consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships (no team had ever won 2 WAC titles in a row before then).
He is a native of Hattiesburg, Miss. He spent 2 seasons as a walk-on at Southern Miss (where his father, Lee was the head coach for 14 seasons) before getting a scholarship to Louisiana Tech. He earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Louisiana Tech in 1977.
He and his wife, Beverly, have a daughter, Shannon.
TIM FLOYD YEAR-BY-YEAR
HEAD COACH - IDAHO
|Totals (2 Yrs.)||35-25||.583||16-14|
HEAD COACH - NEW ORLEANS
|Totals (6 Yrs.)||127-58||.686||63-21|
HEAD COACH - IOWA STATE
|1996-97||22-9||.710||10-6||3rd tie NCAA|
|Totals (4 Yrs.)||81-47||.633||30-30|
Career (12 Yr.) 243-130 .651 109-65
HEAD COACH -CHICAGO BULLS
|Totals (4 Yrs.)||49-190||.205|
**Resigned early in season
HEAD COACH -NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
|2003-04||41-41||.500||NBA Playoffs First Round (3-4)|
Career (5 Yrs.) 93-235# .284