TULSA, Okla.-The Oral Roberts athletics department has lost one of its former men's basketball coaches, Hall of Famer Ken Trickey.
Trickey spent two stints (1969-74, 1987-93) leading the men's basketball program, coaching for a total of 11 years and left in 1993 as the winningest coach in school history, having since been passed by current Head Coach Scott Sutton.
In his first five years, Trickey led the then Titans to three postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1974. Trickey took over a 14-10 team and in his first year led ORU to a 27-4 record. He posted at least 20 wins in each of his first five seasons and finished his career with a 214-116 (0.648) record.
Trickey was elected into the ORU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the first coach inducted. He coached six All-Americans at ORU, including Hall of Famers Richard Fuqua and Anthony Roberts, and had 10 players drafted by the NBA or ABA.
Statement from ORU President Dr. Mark Rutland
"Coach Trickey was a great part of ORU's history. He created an exciting and fun basketball program that competed at the highest level, while maintaining our integrity and mission. Thanks to his work ORU became known throughout the nation. The ORU community is praying for the Trickey family."
Statement from ORU Director of Athletics Mike Carter
"Ken Trickey was a pioneer in the industry in terms of offensive basketball. He brought significant recognition to the university because of his success at ORU, and his program put ORU athletics on the national map in the 1970's. We are grateful for his significant contributions to ORU athletics and will miss him."
Statement from ORU Men's Basketball Coach Scott Sutton
"I was saddened to hear about Coach Trickey's passing. He was so supportive of me and my time here. When you talk about the history of ORU athletics, the first person you think of is Ken Trickey and what he meant, not only to the men's basketball program, but the athletics department in general. His success in such a short period of time was remarkable. To take a team that is less than 10 years in existence and take them to within a game of the final four is amazing."