TAHLEQUAH — Former Northeastern A&M College Golden Norseman head basketball coach Larry Gipson was honored Monday night at Dr. Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse for recently reaching a coaching milestone at Northeastern State University.
Gipson was recognized during a pregame ceremony for winning 500 games at the collegiate level.
After Monday’s 68-33 dismantling of Rhema Bible College by Gipson’s RiverHawks, the personable coach has compiled a remarkable 505-297 record at three colleges.
Through 13 season as the RiverHawks head coach, Gipson has logged a 220-137 mark. His 2003 squad won the NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship.
The Ohio native began his collegiate career as the head coach of the NEO Golden Norsemen from 1982 through the 1991 seasons.
He compiled a 217-87 overall record during his nine-year tenure.
During the 1988-89 season Gipson became the first Oklahoma coach to win a National Junior College Athletic Association men’s National Championship while posting a school record 36-4 overall mark.
He guided the Norsemen to two Region II Championships and five runners-up finishes.
He ranks second all-time to coach Cletus Green with a 325-173 overall record.
Following his career at NEO, Gipson served five years as head coach at the University of Toledo. He won 68 games while in Toledo.
Gipson’s 500th win came on Dec. 10, 2009, against Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Former Northeastern State Redmen head coaches Dr. Jack Dobbins and Ken Hayes were on hand to share in the celebration with Gipson.
The trio represent the three winningest coaches in Northeastern State basketball history with 758 combined wins.
Dobbins leads the group with 314 wins to his credit while Hayes won 224 and Gipson now has 220.
Jeff Konya, Director of Athletics, presented Gipson with a commemorative game ball for his coaching milestone, along with a golf package to prestigious Karsten Creek Golf Club.
The Wayne Mitchell family also donated a silver tray, signed by student-athletes and coaches of the RiverHawks basketball program. He also received a crystal vase.
“It was really an honor,” Gipson said. “I really want to thank the Mitchells, Jack Dobbins and Ken Hayes for being a part of this tonight.
“I kind of thought I would get a basketball. It was really nice to get those gifts and real nice to be out there with two legendary Northeastern State coaches.”