Larry Tidwell is in his eighth season as associate head coach on the TCU staff. Tidwell, a 31-year coaching veteran, coordinates recruiting efforts for the Lady Frogs, helps with on-the-floor coaching and gives individual instruction to the Lady Frogs' post players.
A tireless worker who has coached in the Big 12 Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the former Southwest Conference, Tidwell has established a reputation as an organized and motivated recruiter who will go anywhere and everywhere to find talent.
In May 2002, Tidwell was honored for his efforts, as he earned AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year recognition. Among 300,000 candidates, he was one of just 500 assistant coaches across the country to receive the award.
Tidwell's roots run deep in Texas, as he boasts 30 years of coaching experience in the Lone Star State. He is a well-known figure in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida and the entire Midwest as well.
Coach Jeff Mittie named Tidwell to his staff prior to the 1999-00 campaign. The results have been impressive, as the Lady Frogs have posted 152 victories over seven seasons. Tidwell was instrumental in bringing in TCU's 2000 recruiting class, which was ranked 22nd in the country. His hard work continued, as the Lady Frogs' 2001 class was ranked as high as fourth nationally, making it the most highly touted in the program's history. The 2003 group was also ranked as a top 10 class.
"People see the highly rated recruiting classes that Larry helps bring in," Mittie said. "But, he does so many things in the community and for people in our profession that go unnoticed. He is an excellent ambassador for not only TCU women's basketball, but TCU and college athletics in general."
Tidwell came to TCU after a brief stint as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida. Prior to that post, he served as athletics director and head coach at Mexia (Texas) High School. Before assuming his duties at Mexia, Tidwell spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor University.
During his tenure with the Bears, Tidwell saw Baylor capture 35 victories over his final two seasons and secure a Women's National Invitation Tournament berth. His recruiting classes were recognized among the top 25 in the nation on two occasions. In all, seven of his 12 college recruiting classes have been ranked among the nation's top 30.
A native of Sanger, Texas, Tidwell made four stops (Frisco, Lexington, Schulenburg and Mexia) during 18 years in Texas high schools, compiling a 283-65 (.813) career record as a head coach. In women's basketball, his teams made 10 state playoff appearances.
During the 1971-72 academic year, Tidwell played freshman football and basketball at TCU before transferring to Austin College, where he earned three monograms in football, three in baseball and two in track and field. A member of Beta Chi Omega national fraternity, he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the school in 1976.
Tidwell was a remarkable student-athlete at the collegiate and high school levels. In July 2004, he was inducted into the Austin College Hall of Fame, and the year before he earned a place in the Sanger H.S. Hall of Fame.
Tidwell has served on the board of directors of the Texas Girls Coaches Association and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. In 1991, he coached in the TGCA All-Star game. He also has worked as assistant director of the TABC summer camps for girls. Named "Teacher of the Year" on two occasions, Tidwell was honored as Schulenburg's "Citizen of the Year" in 1991.
Married to the former Teresa Ann Davis, also of Sanger, the couple has three sons, Marc, Marty and Michael. In addition, Tidwell has two daughters-in-law, Kristin and Michelle, two granddaughters, Ryan and Skylar, and two grandsons, Matt