Jack Gray began his career in basketball as a star athlete for the University of Texas before eventually becoming coach there. He was the first UT athlete to be selected for All-America honors and pioneered the one-handed turn shot. He also led the Southwest Conference in scoring for three years (1933-1935), during which time he scored a record 1,108 points and led the Longhorns to a record of 52-16. He took over the head-coaching job at Texas only one year after completing his college eligibility. He coached for six seasons (1937-42), and won the SWC title with his 1939 team. After serving in the Navy during World War II Gray returned to coach six more seasons at Texas. During his 12 seasons at UT, Gray's teams compiled a 194-97 record and won three Southwest Conference championships. His finest team finished third in the nation in 1947. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1964.