Tidwell Receives National Assistant Coach of the Year Award
Aug. 16, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU women's basketball associate head coach Larry Tidwell has received an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award, it has been announced by officials from AFLAC and Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director magazine. Tidwell is one of just 524 coaches nationally to receive the honor, which is being presented for the first time to the "unsung heroes" of youth sports.
"I really enjoy coming to work every day and being around young people," Tidwell said. "This honor is a reflection of the hard work and determination of the players and our entire staff (head coach Jeff Mittie, assistant coaches Lonnette Hall and Tonya Benton and administrative assistant Linda Fullerton). Without the help of Jeff, Lonnette, Tonya and Linda, our success and this honor would not have been possible. In addition, our administration wants us to be great, and their support has enabled us to become a top-25 program."
Tidwell is set to begin his fourth season on the TCU women's basketball staff. The 27-year coaching veteran coordinates recruiting efforts for the Lady Frogs, helps with on-the-floor coaching and gives individual instruction to TCU's post players. TCU head coach Jeff Mittie named Tidwell to his staff prior to the 1999-2000 campaign, and the results have been impressive, as the Lady Frogs have posted a 58-26 record (.690) over three seasons.
Tidwell was instrumental in securing TCU's 2000 recruiting class, which was ranked 22nd in the country, as well as the fourth-rated 2001 class, which was the most highly-touted in the program's history. Each of his recruiting classes at TCU have been rated among the nation's top 30.
"This a tremendous honor for Larry and one that is very well deserved," Mittie said. "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. Tidwell also served six seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor University. As a college coach, five of Tidwell's nine recruiting classes have been recognized among the nation's top 30.
A native of Sanger, Texas, Tidwell played freshman football and basketball at TCU during the 1971-72 school year before transferring to Austin College, where he earned three letters in football, three in baseball and two in track.
Tidwell has served on the board of directors of the Texas Girls High School Basketball Coaches Association and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC). In 1991, he coached in the Texas Girls' Coaches All-Star game. He also has served as assistant director of the TABC summer camps for girls. Named "Teacher of the Year" on two occasions, Tidwell was honored as Schulenburg "Citizen of the Year" in 1991.
A panel of top prep sportswriters across the country were responsible for the final selections. With more than 300,000 assistant coaches nationwide, the award was highly selective. The winners of this award have been honored for one or more of the following criteria: longevity of service, knowledge, long-term success, special contributions to the school and/or community, and governing obstacles.