CORPUS CHRISTI – A 28-year veteran of the women's college basketball coaching ranks, Royce Chadwick, has been named the fourth head women's basketball coach in Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi history, it was announced today. Chadwick, who spent the last 11 years at the helm of the Marshall University program, has 561 wins on his collegiate coaching resume.
"We were looking for an experienced coach with Texas ties to lead our women's basketball program to new heights," University President Dr. Flavius Killebrew said. "With his passion and record of success, Royce Chadwick is the right person for the job."
Chadwick's appointment is pending approval of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Interim Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby stressed Chadwick's community outreach efforts and his experience in the state of Texas as major reasons for his selection.
"We said from the beginning that we needed someone who wasn't just going to win, but who was going to immerse themselves into the community and also have a strong base to draw from here in Texas," he said. "Royce has both of those qualities along with being a consistent winner at every stop he's made. He fits the profile we were looking for in nearly every facet."
Chadwick, who previously served as head coach at both Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, expressed excitement for his return to the Lone Star State.
"I want to thank President Killebrew, Dr. [Trent] Hill and Scott Lazenby for selecting me to take over this program," he said. "I'm thrilled to return to the state of Texas, which has been and will always be home for me. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi is a sleeping giant in the world of women's college basketball and I believe that the ceiling for this program is nearly limitless. Today, we start down the road toward the top of the Southland Conference.
"Also," he added, "I would be remiss if I didn't thank all the wonderful people at Marshall for 11 wonderful years in Huntington. It was not an easy decision to leave a place that holds so many memories for me."
The Floydada, Texas, native has a career record of 561-302 (.650) in stops at Marshall, SFA, SHSU, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Howard Junior College. In 20 years at the Division I level, he holds a 365-237 (.606) record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
Much of his success came at Southland foe Stephen F. Austin, where he led the Ladyjacks for seven seasons. In his tenure at SFA, the team went 173-44 (.797) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season. The 1996 team made it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen, and Chadwick was named the Southland Coach of the Year in 1997. He went 4-7 in NCAA Tournament games, with five of those losses coming to top-four seeds and all of them to teams seeded eighth or better. In his time in Nacogdoches he won the conference tournament six times and compiled a sparkling 128-14 (.901) mark in league play. His teams won five Southland regular-season championships.
Chadwick led Marshall to seven winning seasons in his time there, the most of any coach in program history. He won 161 games for the Thundering Herd, including a 19-win season in 2004-05 that saw the team go 12-4 in Mid-American Conference play and win the MAC East for the first time. From his third year at Marshall on, he won at least 14 games every season with the exception of one, when his team was decimated by injuries.
He also played a major role in the upswing of attendance at Marshall games. He saw a school-record 7,017 fans come through the turnstiles for a matchup with SEC foe Kentucky in 2004, marking the fourth consecutive season that the Herd had the highest-attended game in the conference. In his first season at Marshall, the team saw a 251 percent increase in attendance.
His first collegiate head coaching assignment was at Panhandle (Okla.) State, where he led his Aggie teams to 19 and 20 wins, respectively, in his two years there. At Sam Houston State, his next stop, he guided a school that had never posted a winning season to an 18-9 mark during the 1987-88 campaign, just one year removed from a 9-18 season.
In his five seasons at Howard, Chadwick posted a record of 148-21, won four Western Conference titles, advanced to the NJCAA Tournament twice and was named National Coach of the Year in 1992. A multifaceted talent, Chadwick also served as Howard's athletic director. In 1983, Chadwick broke into the coaching ranks at Olton High School in Texas, where he led the Mustangs to a record of 21-5 and their first district championship in nine years.
Chadwick earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State in 1980 and later earned a master's degree in business education from his alma mater in 1982.
Chadwick is the proud father of two daughters, Kasi, 24, and Kelsi, 21.
COACH CHADWICK BY THE NUMBERS
561 – Career wins for Chadwick
7 – NCAA Tournament bids
.606 – Division I winning percentage
.829 – Career winning percentage in Southland Conference games
7,017 – Fans in Marshall's school-record crowd for 2004 game against Kentucky
20 – Average wins per season in Chadwick's career
28 – Years that Chadwick has served as a head coach in women's college basketball
4 – Career wins in NCAA Tournament play
2005 – Year of MAC East title for Marshall, the first in program history
1997 – Year that Chadwick was named Southland Coach of the Year
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COACH CHADWICK
"Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has hired a man that knows the state of Texas like the back of his hand. It's time for him to come back home like it was time for me to come back home. He's a competitor and he replaced Joe Curl, who was the interim coach after me at Stephen F. Austin. He took them to the NCAA Tournament and did a great job. He's a relentless recruiter and he's a tactician of the game. South Texas just got a winner."
-Gary Blair, Head Coach, Texas A&M Aggies
"I've known Royce throughout his entire career. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is getting one of the best in the business. He has a tremendous work ethic and is a relentless recruiter and he's going to do tremendous things for A&M-Corpus Christi."
-Brenda Frese, Head Coach, Maryland Terrapins
"I'm thrilled to have Royce back in Texas. I think he's one of the finest college coaches and an excellent mentor to student-athletes. I applaud Texas A&M – Corpus Christi for hiring a really outstanding basketball coach. I look forward to watching their program succeed."
-Dan Hughes, Head Coach, San Antonio Silver Stars
"What a great day for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. You have outdone yourselves because if you're looking to build and maintain a program, you can't find a better individual. I've known Royce for many, many years dating back to when he was in the high school ranks. As the executive director of the Texas Girls Coaches Association, I'm also glad on a personal level to have him back home."
-Sam Tipton, Executive Director, Texas Girls Coaches Association