Texas Western;s Don Haskins became the first and only basketball coach in Texas to win the NCAA Division I national championship when his team defeated Adolf Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats 72-65 in 1966. Haskins' championship team was also the first to start five black players. He coached the Miners for 38 seasons from 1961-1999, compiling a record of 719 wins, 353 losses, and a Western Athletic Conference record five consecutive titles. The "Bear" began his career as a high school coach in the Texas Panhandle compiling a six-year record of 160-41. Haskins was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.