Coach Terry Waldrop
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Coach Terry Waldrop- Biography

Terry Waldrop has been involved in Athletics all his life.  The son of an administrator he attended all sorts of sporting events since he was small.  Predictably he went into coaching and for 6 seasons served as a high school coach in football, basketball, baseball, tennis and even track.  Upon receiving his Master’s Degree from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne Alabama Waldrop was hired at one of the premier Junior Colleges in the country, Navarro College in Corsicana TX as assistant basketball coach to legendary Hall of Fame Coach Lewis Orr. After several seasons at Navarro which included recruiting and coaching two future NBA players Waldrop moved into the NCAA Division I ranks with John Lyles at Southeastern Louisiana University, located just across the bay from New Orleans.  The Lions resurrected a program that had been down on their luck and in only their second season captured a Trans America Conference Western Division Championship.  During the 5 year period the Lions were highly competitive in both the Trans America Conference and then the Southland Conference in the latter years.   Playing against competition such as LSU, Arkansas, TCU, New Mexico, Mississippi State, Alabama, etc. Waldrop gained national respect as a recruiter and as a college coach.   In 1999 Waldrop received an offer from Dr. Skip Applin (whom Waldrop had had an an instructor at the United States Sports Academy only a couple years earlier in Alabama)  Waldrop jokes that Applin gave him the only B he received on his Master’s program.  Applin was Vice President at Fort Worth based Texas Wesleyan University which had long had a struggling athletic department, especially in Basketball.   In the first season Waldrop turned the  Rams from a 5 win season the year prior to a 15-win season his first year, which was the largest NCAA Division II turnaround in the country that year. The next couple years saw Wesleyan switch divisions and upon being named Athletic Director Waldrop made the decision to take Wesleyan back to their original roots, which was the NAIA.  It was a move that paid dividends in terms of student enrollment and athletic success almost immediately. 

Waldrop’s efforts as Athletic Director also paid off for other sports as baseball, golf and soccer won conference titles and volleyball won consecutive conference crowns and reached the Elite Eight two straight seasons.

  Over the same decade Waldrop guided the basketball program at Texas Wesleyan to the only National Championship in the school’s history, 4 consecutive Red River Conference Championships,  and departed Texas Wesleyan in 2012 as the most successful coach in school history with an amazing 270 wins in 13 seasons.  Waldrop garnered several conference coach of the year awards as well as being nominated 3 times for National Coach of the Year, and being selected National Coach of the Year is 2006 when the Rams won the NAIA National Championship in thrilling fashion with a 20 foot jump shot by Australian native Ben Hunt  at the buzzer that delighted the packed house at Kansas City’s Municipal Arena and also a National Television audience.   Waldrop was selected by College Insider as ‘One of the Top 25 Coaches in the nation not a Head NCAA Division I Coach’ in 2011.

Always stressing education Waldrop's 2006 National Championship squad graduated all 5 starters within a year and an incredible 15/15  members of the title team have earned their college degrees.   There have been numerous success stories throughout Waldrop's tenure as a coach and educator at both the high school and collegiate levels.   One former student whom Waldrop mentored is the CEO of one of the largest construction firms in the South, while others have went on to successful careers in business, law, medical sales and even professional basketball.  There have been quite a few future coaches who came through the programs under Coach Waldrop.

Waldrop has served as an instructor on several University faculties and taught Sport Management, Marketing, Economics, in addition to coaching theory  and activity courses to rave reviews.

After the 2012 season (which saw the Rams win 26 games and notch their 4th National Tournament appearance in Kansas City) a new administration came to Texas Wesleyan University and the highly successful Terry Waldrop era was over.   Waldrop tapped into many different aspects of Sports and currently is a regional ESPN Radio host, runs a highly successful summer event in Hawaii (www.playforcollegecoaches.com), writes for several online periodicals  currently writes for several publications including The Bleacher Report, Rant Sports, etc.  and has been published and interviewed in several feature magazines.  He has served as both a television and radio personality doing color and providing insight into both college and high school basketball games for the NFHSAA.   Having a keen eye for talent he also takes an active role in evaluating players to  determine their skill set and potential.  Over the years he has also taken a small number of student athletes to work with as a skills coach.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne Alabama.   Waldrop also has 80 plus hours toward a PhD.

Waldrop is the father of 3, (Cody- who was a four year letterman at Texas Wesleyan and the winningest player in school history when he graduated.  He is now proudly serving in the United States Army)   Daughter Allyson  is High School Cheerleader & honor student.   Waldrop's youngest son Michael finished #6 in the State of Louisiana in the 152 pound weight class in Wrestling as a Freshman, was a member of the State Championship Football Team at Ouachita Christian School, as well as a District Champion in Track.   Waldrop is married to the former Nicole Wood, and they are also the proud grandparents of Kenna Michelle & Kamden Michael Waldrop.   The family  moved back to  Louisiana in 2013.  

Hobbies include sports, gardening when possible, traveling, (especially to Hawaii), reading and spending time with family.  Waldrop lists his favorite sports to watch on television  as football &  basketball.  Other interests are real estate, investing and entrepreneurship.


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