Terry Waldrop

Terry Waldrop

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After completing 13 seasons Terry Waldrop departs as the winningest coach in Texas Wesleyan University Basketball history. Waldrop moves into full time work as the President of Paradise Sports, a company he founded in 2010. In college basketball. In addition Waldrop is serving as the Head Basketball Coach at Arlington TX Grace Prep Academy. Waldrop has won more college basketball games at all levels in the State of Texas the last 7 seasons than any other program. The Waldrop led Rams reeled off 4 consecutive Red River Conference Titles and Waldrop was named as a finalist for College Insider's National Coach of the Year after a stellar 30-4 season in 2010-2011. In his last year at the helm (2011-2012) he again led the Rams back to the national tournament boasting a 25-8 record. He was also named by College Insider as one of the Top 25 coaches in the country not currently a NCAA Division I Head Coach.
In his seventh season, the program reached the pinnacle of NAIA Basketball when they won the 69th Annual Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, and Waldrop was named both Rawlings, Cysco Systems NAIA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year.

They have been ranked nationally in 43 consecutive NAIA Coaches’ Polls, marking the third longest active streak. In the last eight years, the Rams rank second in the state of Texas only to the University of Texas; however, the Rams own a higher winning percentage (.769) than the Longhorns (.741). The team has also been nearly unbeatable at home, delivering a mind-boggling 49-1 record in the last three seasons. Waldrop has been a featured speaker at camps and clinics across the country including the prestigious Double Pump Collegiate Business Conference in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining Wesleyan, Waldrop was an assistant to John Lyles at Southeastern Louisiana University, an NCAA Division I program on the north shore of New Orleans. During his five seasons with the Lions, SLU won a Trans America Athletic Conference Championship, had two nationally rated recruiting classes, and defeated nationally ranked College of Charleston, snapping one of the nation's longest winning streaks.

Waldrop began his collegiate coaching career in Texas at Navarro Junior College. He was an assistant for widely-respected Coach Lewis Orr, (a Texas Wesleyan alum) where he helped bring in three All-American players, two of whom went on to play in the NBA. Ruben Garces led Providence to the Elite Eight and later played for the Phoenix Suns, while Corey Brewer was honored as the Big 12 Player of the Year at Oklahoma and became a first-round draft choice of the Miami Heat.

Waldrop is a 1986 graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe and holds a bachelor of science in kinesiology. He has a master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama. He has 90 plus hours toward his Doctorate of Education degree as well.

A native of Louisiana, Waldrop grew up in the northern Louisiana city of Monroe. Waldrop attended East Union in Marion, Louisiana and graduated from Ouachita Parish High School in 1981. He is married to Nicole and they are the parents of three children. The family resides in nearby Mansfield.

Waldrop enjoys writing, teaching and keeping up with current events, especially as they relate to sport.

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  • Richard Noggin posted 1139 days ago

    Richard Noggin

    Thanks for the message Terry. The Big Red Machine spoiled me in my youth, but they were incredible to watch. Your profile is very impressive. Its good to hear the opinion of someone who knows college athletics.