Frank Haith has been in the business for a while. Since starting as an assistant at Elon in 1985, he has also been on the staff of Wake Forest, Texas A&M, Texas, and the Head Coach of Texas and Missouri. Since 2014, he has been the man in charge at Tulsa, with a 62-47 record, adding to his overall record of 267-176. He has also won a Big 12 Championship, Big 12 Coach of the Year, and AP Coach of the Year in 2012. Needless to say, Coach Haith is a great basketball mind. We were fortunate to conduct this Q & A with him:
NCAAM REVIEW: What are your favorite moments as a coach?
Coach Haith: Being an assistant at Texas and going to the Final Four ranks up there pretty high. I’ve had some great wins as a head coach too. Getting my first (head coaching) opportunity at the University of Miami (Fla.) ranks up there, but that Final Four run as an assistant was one of my great moments. Also, some of my favorite moments and some moments that I’m most proud of are seeing our student-athletes get their degree. At the end of this academic year, we will have graduated 54-of-58 seniors during my time as a head coach and that’s something that I’m extremely proud of. Seeing those guys get their degrees is something that I would consider among my favorite moments as a coach.
NCAAM REVIEW: What advice can you give to aspiring coaches?
Coach Haith: Be a student of the game. Always try to improve your craft and never feel like you’ve got it all figured out. Continue to improve daily, continue to watch film, continue to study the game. If you are fortunate enough to become an assistant coach, hang on to a characteristic that can help you be successful. The thing that I held onto was being a hard worker. I think that’s important.
NCAAM REVIEW: Who do you attribute your coaching success to?
Coach Haith: I’ve had so many great coaches who have inspired me along the way. Bob Burton, Dave Odom and Tony Barone. But the guy that probably had the most impact on me was Rick Barnes.