Don Haskins (1999)

Induction Sponsored by
Oklahoma State University

 Donald Lee Haskins became a legendary basketball coach at the University of Texas El Paso (Texas Western). Born in Enid, Oklahoma, he attended Oklahoma State University and played for Henry Iba. During his tenure at UTEP, he compiled a 719-353 record, won 14 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) titles, four WAC tournament titles, made 14 trips to the NCAA tournament and went to the National Invitational Tournament seven times.  He created a turning point in basketball history when he started five African-American players in the 1966 NCAA championship game, which he says was “no big deal.”  He had simply started his five best players.  He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.