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Former ORU Men's Basketball Coach Ken Trickey Passes Away

Ken TrickeyThe Oral Roberts University Athletics Department has lost one of its former men’s basketball coaches, Hall of Famer Ken Trickey.

Coach 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. He has since been taken over by current Head Coach Scott Sutton.

In his first five years, Coach Trickey led the then Titans to three postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1974. Coach 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.

“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,” said ORU President Mark Rutland.

Coach 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.

“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,” said current ORU Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Sutton.

“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,” said ORU Athletic Director Mike Carter.