Gale Catlett

Gale Catlett
Biographical details
Born (1940-10-31) October 31, 1940 (age 76)
Hedgesville, West Virginia
Playing career
1960-1963West Virginia
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963-1965 Richmond (asst.)
1965-1967 Davidson (asst.)
1967-1971 Kansas (asst.)
1971-1972 Kentucky (asst.)
1978-2002West Virginia
Head coaching record
Tournaments7-11 (NCAA)
8-8 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
  • EAA Coach of the Year (1982)
  • Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year (1989)


Wendell Gale Catlett (given birth to Oct 31, 1940) is a retired American golf ball coach who was simply head coach on the College or university of Cincinnati and Western world Virginia University.

Playing career

Blessed in Hedgesville, Western world Virginia, Catlett played for Western world Virginia from 1958 to 1963. He performed over the freshman group in 1958-59, but skipped the 1959-60 period with a damaged wrist. During his three varsity periods (1960-61 through 1962-63), he helped the Mountaineers to two NCAA competition berths. Western world Virginia proceeded to go 24-4, 24-6 and 23-8 during Catlett's varsity periods and gained the Southern Meeting title every period. The 6-feet-5 forwards totaled 407 factors and 275 rebounds on Mentor George King's guard-oriented groups.

Assistant coach

After he graduated in 1963, he began his coaching career. He began in 1963 helper coaching jobs on the School of Richmond under mind trainer Lew Mills, after that at Davidson University in 1965 under Lefty Driesell, Kansas from 1967 to 1971 under Ted Owens, and lastly Kentucky under Adolph Rupp in the 1971–72 period.

Head coach

In 1972, Catlett was named head trainer of University or college of Cincinnati, succeeding Tay Baker, whose team had opted 17-9 the entire year before. In Catlett's initial period, 1972–73, the Bearcats had been also 17-9, plus they improved to 19-8 the next year. It had been the 1974-75 period that Catlett as well as the Bearcats reached nationwide prominence. Led with a crop of extremely touted recruits including Pat Cummings, Brian Williams, Robert Miller, Mike Jones, Gary Yoder and Steve Collier, the Bearcats had been 23-6 and advanced towards the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals. By 1975-76, the group earned the Metro Meeting, submitted a 25-6 record and had been likely to make a deep come across the tournament, however the Bearcats had been annoyed in the initial round on the last-second tip-in by Notre Dame. Through the three periods from 1975-76 through 1977-78, the Bearcats had been consistently positioned in the AP Poll, including a season-end #2 position in 1976-77. That period, the Bearcats had been 25-5 and once again earned the Metro Meeting, but they had been once again ousted in the first circular from the NCAA tournament.In 6 seasons at Cincinnati, Catlett published an archive of 126-44 (a .741 winning percentage). He still left Cincinnati after a 17-10 period and under a cloud following the golf ball plan was penalized with the NCAA for many recruiting violations during his tenure.In 1978, he overran the head coaching job at West Virginia. Through the 10 years before his appearance, the Mountaineers had been 116-121. Over another 24 periods, he submitted a 439-276 record. Catlett's Western world Virginia teams earned typically 19 video games a time of year and produced eight trips towards the NCAA competition, including a 1998 Nice 16 appearance, where they annoyed an extremely touted Cincinnati Bearcat group.On Feb 13, 2002, at age 61, Catlett announced his pension. He had a profession college training record of 565-320.In 1997, Catlett was nominated as the best East Mentor of the entire year, but didn't win as John MacLeod took that honor.In past due 2005 he publicly stated that he was considering working in the 2006 Republican primary to be able to concern incumbent Democratic Senator Robert Byrd. He later on declined to perform.

Head coaching record

Season Group Overall Conference Position Postseason Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA School Division/Division I separate) (1972–1975) 1972–73 Cincinnati 17–9 1973–74 Cincinnati 19–8 NIT Initial Circular 1974–75 Cincinnati 23–6 NCAA Top notch Eight Cincinnati (separate): 59–23 Cincinnati Bearcats (Metro Meeting) (1975–1978) 1975–76 Cincinnati 25–6 2–1 T–2nd NCAA Circular of 32 1976–77 Cincinnati 25–5 4–2 2nd NCAA Circular of 32 1977–78 Cincinnati 17–10 6–6 T–4th Cincinnati (Metro): 59–21 12–9 Cincinnati (total): 126–44 12–9 Western world Virginia Mountaineers (Eastern Athletic Association/Atlantic 10 Meeting) (1978–1995) 1978–79 Western world Virginia 16–12 7–3 T–2nd 1979–80 Western world Virginia 15–14 4–6 7th 1980–81 Western world Virginia 23–10 9–4 3rd NIT Semifinals 1981–82 Western world Virginia 27–4 13–1 1st NCAA Circular of 32 1982–83 Western world Virginia 23–8 10–4 T–1st (Western world) NCAA Circular of 64 1983–84 Western world Virginia 20–12 9–9 T–4th NCAA Circular of 32 1984–85 Western world Virginia 20–9 16–2 1st NIT Initial Round 1985–86 Western world Virginia 22–11 15–3 T–2nd NCAA Circular of 64 1986–87 Western world Virginia 23–8 15–3 2nd NCAA Circular of 64 1987–88 Western world Virginia 18–14 12–6 3rd 1988–89 Western world Virginia 26–5 17–1 1st NCAA Circular of 32 1989–90 Western world Virginia 16–12 11–7 T–3rd 1990–91 Western world Virginia 17–14 10–8 T–3rd NIT Second Circular 1991–92 Western world Virginia 20–12 10–6 3rd NCAA Circular of 64 1992–93 Western world Virginia 17–12 7–7 6th NIT Second Circular 1993–94 Western world Virginia 17–12 8–8 T–3rd NIT Second Circular 1994–95 Western world Virginia 13–13 7–9 T–6th Western world Virginia (EAA/A-10): 333–170 180–87 Western world Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Meeting) (1995–2002) 1995–96 Western world Virginia 12–15 7–11 4th (6) 1996–97 Western world Virginia 21–10 11–7 3rd (6) NIT Quarterfinals 1997–98 Western world Virginia 24–9 11–7 3rd (6) NCAA Special 16 1998–99 Western world Virginia 10–19 4–14 12th 1999–00 Western world Virginia 14–14 6–10 T–8th 2000–01 Western world Virginia 17–12 8–8 4th (Western world) NIT Initial Round 2001–02 Western world Virginia 8–20 1–15 7th (Western world) Western world Virginia (Big East): 106–99 48–72 Western world Virginia (total): 439–281 228–159 Total: 565–325      Country wide champion         Postseason invitational champ         Meeting regular season champ         Meeting regular period and conference competition champ       Department regular season champ       Department regular period and conference competition champ       Meeting tournament champion