Bulldog Players, Media Talk About Rodney Terry

El Paso, TX - UTEP administrators made it official Monday, naming Fresno State basketball coach Rodney Terry as the 19th head coach in UTEP men's basketball history on Monday.

Terry still has to go through the official hiring approval by the UT System Board of Regents and is expected to be formally introduced after the process is complete. 

“We are delighted to welcome Coach Terry to El Paso and we’re excited about the future of UTEP Basketball under his leadership,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said. “He’s enjoyed a very successful tenure as Fresno State’s head coach, and he’s well-known as an effective recruiter with deep ties to the Lone Star State. We look very much forward to bringing him back to Texas to usher in a new era of Miner Ball.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Rodney Terry to the UTEP family,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “He’s a great fit for us with his Texas connections and his proven track record as a coach and recruiter. He’s a proven winner and will represent this proud program well.”

“I’m super excited about an unbelievable opportunity at the University of Texas at El Paso,” Terry said. “It’s a program that has experienced a very high level of success and has a great basketball tradition that I’m looking forward to building upon.”

Terry, 49, coached Fresno for seven seasons with a record of 126-108, including 20-win campaigns in four of the last five seasons. 

He's a native of Angleton, Texas and played college basketball at St. Edward's University in Austin. He began coaching as an assistant for the Hilltoppers in 1990. Terry coached at three high schools before moving to assistant coaching positions at Baylor, UNC Wilmington and Texas before moving to Fresno for the head coaching position.

Terry earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Physical Education from St. Edward’s University in 1990. During his collegiate career, he was a three-year starter at point guard and a three-time Academic All-Big State Conference selection. The Hilltoppers won the Big State Conference title during his freshman season (1986-87), and he served as team captain during his junior and senior campaigns.

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