(May 2, 2007) - Jim Wooldridge has been named the sixth coach in the history of the UC Riverside Men's Basketball program and will be formally introduced to the media and public in a press conference on Thursday, May 3rd at 4 p.m.
Wooldridge has a 312-237 record in 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach. The Oklahoma City, OK native has earned the reputation as a skilled program builder and coach whose teams emphasize teamwork, hard-nosed defense and rebounding.
"Jim Wooldridge brings a wealth of knowledge about what it takes to build a program and to position a team to not only compete, but to win," Director of
Athletics Stan Morrison said. "His single focus will be immediately apparent
to his players, assistants, and colleagues in the department. At the same
time, he will be in our community in a number of ways and he will serve as a
wonderful ambassador of his program, our department of athletics and our
The press conference, which will be open to the public, will be held in the
Chancellor's Conference Room at University Village, 1201 University Ave. in
Riverside, CA. A live video stream of the press conference will be available
from the UCR web site at www.athletics.ucr.edu.
Wooldridge has coached at the collegiate or professional level for 29 years,
including stops as head coach at Central Missouri State, Texas State,
Louisiana Tech and Kansas State and two years as an assistant coach to Tim
Floyd with the Chicago Bulls.
Wooldridge spent six years at Kansas State (2000-01 through 2005-06),
leading the Wildcats to their first winning season in six years in the
2004-05 season when the team posted a 17-12 record in the Big 12 Conference.
His teams never finished with fewer than 11 wins and his 83 wins rank sixth
on Kansas State¹s all-time wins list.
Wooldridge saw six players earn All-Big 12 honors and coached 2004 Big 12
Newcomer of the Year Jeremiah Massey. Guard Larry Reid (2002), forwards
Cartier Martin (2006, 2007) and Massey (2005) each earned All-Big 12 second
team honors during their careers.