College - Louisiana Tech '77
On July 23, 1998, the Chicago Bulls hired former Iowa State Coach Tim Floyd as their Director of Basketball Operations with a 'waiting in the wings' approach, to eventually succeed the highly successful Phil Jackson. When Jackson decided to take a break from the game and sit out the 1998-99 season, Floyd was officially named the 13th head coach in Chicago Bulls history.
Floyd's arrival came at the time of the departure not only of Jackson but of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the foundation of Chicago's six championship teams. In his first two seasons as head coach, the Bulls have undergone a major rebuilding process, posting a 13-37 mark in the lockout shortened 1998-99 season and then a 17-65 record in 1999-2000.
Floyd came to the Bulls from Iowa State, where he was hired in May, 1994 5th basketball coach with the reputation as a one of the brightest young coaches in collegiate basketball. Upon his departure, he left as one of the winningest coaches in ISU history.
Floyd posted an 81-49 record in his four years at the helm at ISU, and is the only coach in Cyclones history to post three consecutive 20-win seasons and lead the team to three straight first-round NCAA Tournament victories.
Floyd's best season was in 1996-97, when he guided the Cyclones to a 22-9 mark and their first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 11 years. Led by five seniors, the sixth-seeded Cyclones defeated Illinois State and preseason No. 1 Cincinnati to advance to the Midwest Regional where they fell to No. 7 UCLA, 74-73, in overtime.
In his second ISU campaign, Floyd's squad overcame the loss of four starters and 95 percent of its scoring and rebounding from the previous year to orchestrate one of the great stories of the 1995-96 collegiate basketball season. Picked by every preseason prognosticator to finish dead last in the Big Eight Conference, the Cyclones rallied to finish second in the league with a 9-5 mark. Iowa State defeated Nebraska, Missouri and No. 5 Kansas en route to its first-ever Big Eight Tournament championship in the conference's final title game. Receiving the highest NCAA Tournament seed in school history, the fifth-seeded Cyclones defeated California before falling to Utah. Iowa State's 24 victories bettered the school record of 23 set the previous season by Floyd's first ballclub.
For his coaching efforts, Floyd was runner-up to Purdue's Gene Keady for AP National Coach of the Year award. The second-year ISU mentor was selected Big Eight Coach of the Year, the third conference to honor him during his career.
In his first season at the helm of the Cyclone program, Floyd showed why he was considered one of the best young coaches in the country. Floyd guided the 1994-95 Iowa State squad to a then-school-record 23 victories and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. During the 1994-95 season, Floyd's Cyclones were ranked in the AP top 25 for 11 consecutive weeks, peaking at No. 11. Five of ISU's 11 losses were by a total of 10 points, with four coming at the hands of 1995 NCAA Final Four teams. The Cyclones returned to the Big Eight Tournament championship for the first time since 1986, and Fred Hoiberg became the first Cyclone to earn All-America honors since Jeff Grayer in 1988.
Before joining Iowa State, Floyd tallied a 127-58 mark in six seasons as head coach at New Orleans. During his tenure, UNO advanced to postseason play five times, including NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1993, and averaged 21 wins a season. Floyd is one of only four Division I coaches who have won four conference championships in the first five years at their school.
Floyd finished 20-10 in his final season at New Orleans, reaching the 20-win plateau for the sixth time in eight seasons. UNO made its seventh postseason appearance in eight years.
The Hattiesburg, Miss., native began his coaching journey at Texas-El Paso, serving nine seasons (1977-86) under Don Haskins. While at UTEP, Floyd helped guide the Miners to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1984-86), three NIT berths (1980, 1981, and 1983) and four Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championships. No team had ever won two consecutive WAC titles prior to the Miners.
Floyd's first head coaching assignment was in Moscow, Idaho, where he resurrected the Idaho program in two seasons (1986-88) before moving to New Orleans on April 27, 1988. In Floyd's first season, the Vandals posted their first winning record in four seasons after three straight last-place Big Sky Conference finishes. His 1987-88 team was the winningest Idaho team in five seasons as the Vandals posted their best league finish in six seasons.
Floyd earned a bachelor's of science degree in health and physical education from Louisiana Tech in 1977.