El Paso native Nolan Richardson is the only coach to win a junior college (Western Texas Junior College 1980), NIT (Tulsa 1981) and NCAA (Arkansas 1994) basketball championship. The El Paso Bowie High School product played forward for fellow TSHOF member Coach Don Haskins at Texas Western from 1960-1964. Richardson's greatest fame came as coach at the University of Arkansas (1985 to 2002) where he became the first African American to coach at a major university in the South. He became the school's winningest coach (389-169), took the Razorbacks to three Final Fours and was named the National Coach of the Year in 1994. His 1994 squad (31-3) was one of the finest in NCAA history, defeating Duke 76-72 in the title game. The following season the Razorbacks again advanced to the Final Four losing to UCLA in the title game. Richardson's teams employed a full court press and up tempo style of play that was nicknamed "forty minutes of hell". His career division I record is 508-206 and his teams reached the postseason 16 times. Richardson also served as the coach of the Panama and Mexico national teams and the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

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