Tolin named to seventh Hall of Fame
Numbers mean things to many people. For instance, the phase, “third time’s a charm” is very popular. Depending on the situation, the number 13 can be lucky or unlucky, according to superstitions.
Then there’s the number 7. Seven is considered lucky by many people. There are seven days of the week, seven continents and even seven brides for seven brothers. In biblical terms, seven is the number for completeness and perfection.
It just about doesn’t get any more complete and perfect than the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Doug Tolin, at least on the basketball court. After retiring with more than 400 wins as a collegiate head coach, Tolin joined son Kyle’s UAM staff in time for the 2015-16 season.
Now, the elder Tolin joins his seventh hall of fame. Bartlesville, Okla. Athletic Hall of Fame will induct him on Nov. 11, completing his coaching resume—for now.
Tolin is already in the:
• Norman, Okla. High School Hall of Fame,
• Oklahoma Baptist University Athletic Hall of Fame,
• Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame,
• East Central University Athletic Hall of Fame,
• National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, and the
• Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He went to high school in Bartlesville before returning home to coach at Sooner High.
He eventually was hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma Baptist, leading his squad to the NAIA Division I championship game three times, winning the championship in 2010.
Tolin posted a 402-120 coaching record during his 14 years at Oklahoma Baptist. Overall, he has coached in 15 postseason tournaments—14 straight NAIA championship tournaments while at Oklahoma Baptist and this past season with the Boll Weevils in the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
He accumulated 741 career wins as a head coach, with NAIA national runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2012, one final four finish and five elite eight finishes, as well as six conference championships. Tolin is a four-time conference Coach of the Year and the 2010 NAIA Nationl Coach of the Year.
During his tenure in Shawnee, Okla., he recruited and coached three NAIA national players of the year, 13 NAIA All-America honorees and seven conference players of the year.
Prior to taking over at Oklahoma Baptist, he won 335 games in 22 years as a head coach at four different high schools in Oklahoma, including leading Norman High School to the 1999 state championship.