He’s compiled more than 860 wins, 14 conference championships and 11 Coach of the Year awards, and now Weatherford College’s Bob McKinley is a national hall of famer.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) office announced recently that the longtime coach has been selected for induction into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. McKinley will be inducted along with two other honorees during a July 24 banquet at the Women’s Basketball All-Star Weekend in Niceville, Fla.
Currently in his 50th season coaching basketball and his 38th at Weatherford College, McKinley is the winningest active NJCAA basketball coach in the nation with 865 victories as of Jan. 17. He is third in all-time wins, just 106 shy of Central Arizona’s Lin Laursen.
“It’s great that Bob is finally receiving the recognition that he has rightfully earned,” said WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton. “Bob isn’t just an incredible coach, he’s also a wonderful person. It’s an honor to say that I work with Coach Bob McKinley.”
In his time as head women’s basketball coach at WC, the Lady Coyotes have earned 14 conference championships, three regional championships, four national tournament berths and one NJCAA Final Four appearance. So far, 17 All-America selections and 16 Academic All-America honorees have played for McKinley.
“This is really an awesome honor,” McKinley said. “I’m just thankful that Weatherford College has allowed me to be here for 38 years. It’s really special.”
McKinley was quick to deflect the credit to others.
“Without the players, recognition like this doesn’t happen, and we’ve been very fortunate to have the level of players we’ve had here,” he said. “And my wife, Dee, has just been awesome. She couldn’t have been more supportive and caring than she’s been through the years.”
McKinley launched his coaching career at Pasadena High School in 1964 before moving on to Houston Baptist University where he was Head Coach of the men’s team for the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. At WC, McKinley coached the men’s team for 18 seasons and spent six years coaching both squads.
“A lot of coaches see the ‘juco route’ as a stepping stone to a D-1 job, but I’m so glad I’ve stayed at Weatherford College all these years,” McKinley said. “Weatherford has been so good to my entire family.”
A star player at Bowie High School, McKinley led his team to the state finals in 1959 and earned a spot in the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame. McKinley played college ball at TCU where he lettered for three years and served as a team captain.
Ricky Gene Ford of Northeast Mississippi Community College and Denny Jerome of Waldorf College in Iowa will also be inducted July 24.
McKinley will be the second WC coach inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Betty Jo Graber, who coached at WC for more than 35 years, was inducted in 1998 in the hall’s inaugural class. Graber currently serves on the WC Board of Trustees.
The NJCAA governs over 500 member schools with nearly 60,000 student-athletes in 28 different sports.