Kansas head women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider announced the addition of Larry Tidwell as associate head coach on May 6, 2019.
Tidwell comes to Lawrence after one season at Texas Tech. Prior to Lubbock, Tidwell spent five seasons as the head coach at UT-Rio Grande Valley.
In his five years at UTRGV, Tidwell’s teams have broken 117 program records and tied 83 others.
He became the fourth head coach to be the winningest head coach at two NCAA Division I institutions, along with Texas A&M’s Gary Blair (Texas A&M and Arkansas), Air Force’s Chris Gobrecht (Washington and Yale) and retired Jane Albright (Northern Illinois and Wisconsin). Tidwell ranked second in UTRGV history in nonconference wins (47), nonconference home wins (30), and conference home winning percentage (.611).
When Tidwell started at Lamar in 2007-08, he took over a team that hadn’t had a winning record since 1994-95 and recorded a winning record every year, including four seasons of 20 or more wins and five seasons of 19 or more wins. He has reached double-figures in conference wins five times, always finishing at least .500.
Tidwell led the Cardinals to a 26-8 record (13-3 Southland), the second-highest win total in program history, and the 2010 NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Co-Championship and the Southland Conference Tournament Championship, en route to earning Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year honors. In 2012-13, Tidwell led the Cardinals to a 22-11 record (12-6 Southland) and a spot in the WBI (Women’s Basketball Invitational) Quarterfinals.
Tidwell was the winningest head coach in Lamar history, going 128-66 (.660) overall, including a 66-32 (.673) record in conference play. That’s an average record of 21-11, including 11-5 in conference play.
He has shown off his recruiting prowess time and again, as two of his recuriting classes have been ranked in the top 10. He’s also had six in the top 20 and 12 in the top 50. In total, Tidwell has had 21 recruiting classes in the top 100 in the nation. He is credited with helping sign, develop and coach 40 student-athletes who have gone on to play professionally, including WNBA players Sandora Irvin (Phoenix/San Antonio/Chicago), Natasha Lacy (Detroit/Tulsa/Los Angeles), Adrianne Ross (San Antonio), Danielle Crockrum (San Antonio/Utah) and 2008 Olympian Tamara Abalde.
Prior to joining Lamar, Tidwell spent eight years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at TCU in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs made the NCAA Tournament in each of his final seven seasons, including five trips to the second round. TCU also won the 2001 Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and the 2003 and 2005 Conference USA Tournament Championships.
Tidwell began his coaching career at the high school level in Texas, leading Frisco High School from 1976-77 and 1981-83, and Schulenburg High School from 1984-92. After spending six years as an assistant coach at Baylor, Tidwell returned to high school for one year, as the head coach and athletic director at Mexia High School. In 12 seasons at Texas high schools, Tidwell made 10 playoff appearances, earned nine district coach of the year awards, and posted an overall record of 289-83 (.777).
While at Baylor, Tidwell helped to lay the seeds of a turnaround for the program by bringing in two top 25 recruiting classes as the Bears broke the .500 mark in 1996-97 for the first time since 1983-84, going 15-13. The Bears then went 20-11 in 1997-98.
During the 1971-1972 academic year, Tidwell played football and basketball at TCU before transferring to Austin College, where he earned three letters in football, three in baseball and two in track & field. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1975 and 1976, respectively.
In July 2004, he was inducted into the Austin College Hall of Fame, and the year before that, he earned a place in the Sanger High School Hall of Fame.
In July 2010, Tidwell was honored with the distinguished Kedric Couch – Austin College Alumni – Coach of the Year Award. A year later (2011), Tidwell received the opportunity to served as the head coach of the national women’s basketball team of the Bahamas, guiding them to a fifth-place finish at the Caribbean Basketball Championships.
In 2014, Tidwell was honored by Austin College with the Joe Spencer Award for Career Achievement in coaching and teaching. This is the highest award that Austin College bestows upon its alumni. Tidwell has been honored three times by the Austin College Athletic Department and is the only person in the 165-year history of the institution to earn that much recognition.
Married to the former Teresa Ann Davis of Sanger, a retired special-needs teacher in the Crowley Independent School District, the couple has three sons, Marc, Marty and Michael. They have three daughter in-laws, Kristin , Michele and Chris, two granddaughters, Ryan and Skylar, and three grandsons, Matthew, William, and Waylon.