Abe Lemons (1990)

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Oklahoma City University

 In 34 seasons of coaching basketball, Abe Lemons accomplished 599 victories and 343 losses. He spent 25 years as head coach at Oklahoma City University, his first stint from 1955-1973.  He led OCU to a 309-181 record, two NIT berths and seven NCAA tournaments. From 1973-1976, Lemons coached Pan American University, and was named 1974-1975 Texas Coach of the Year. He coached at the University of Texas from 1976-1982, he was National Coach of the Year in 1978.  In his second term at OCU, the Chiefs went to the NAIA tournament once and the District IX playoffs four times.  Known for his humor and wit as well as his coaching, he was1987 Basketball Times Coach of the Year and received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989.