By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Don Haskins: 1930-2008
Known as a coach who believed in hard work, Haskins turned down several offers, including one with the now-defunct American Basketball Association, to remain at UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso), as one of the lowest paid coaches in the Western Athletic Conference.
Haskins retired in 1999 after 38 seasons at the school. He had a 719-353 record and won seven WAC championships. He took UTEP to 14 NCAA Tournaments and to the NIT seven times and briefly worked as an advisor with the Chicago Bulls.
His health was an issue in his final coaching years, often forcing him to remain seated during games. The program was later handed two NCAA sanctions, but it was serious health concerns that forced his retirement.
Haskins was in the midst of a series of book signings and other appearances when he was hospitalized. After his retirement, he has kept close ties with the Miners.
He will be truly missed, for he was such a great basketball coach.