Mike Newell (basketball)

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Mike Newell
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 69)
Playing career
1970–1973Sam Houston State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?–1980San Jacinto
1980–1984Oklahoma (asst.)
1984–1990Arkansas–Little Rock
2011–2013West Alabama
Accomplishments and honors
TAAC Tournament championship (1986, 1989, 1990)
GCAC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship (2016, 2017)
GCAC regular season championship (2017)
2× TAAC Coach of the Year (1986, 1989)

Mike Newell (born May 26, 1951) is an American college basketball coach, currently men's head coach at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Newell played college basketball for Sam Houston State. His coaching break came as an assistant to Billy Tubbs at Oklahoma, who hired him away from San Jacinto College. After four years at OU, Newell became head coach at Arkansas–Little Rock, a program that had experienced little success. The Trojans notably upset heavily-favored Notre Dame in the 1986 NCAA Tournament. After six seasons in Little Rock, Newell was named head coach at Lamar, on former Cardinals coach Tubbs' recommendation.[1] However, three seasons later Newell resigned under allegations of verbal abuse towards players.[2]

Newell took several years off from coaching, returning to lead West Alabama in 2011. After two years with the Tigers and nine seasons at Arkansas–Monticello, Newell was hired as head coach at NAIA school Dillard in 2015 following a season where the Bleu Devils won only five games.[3] In only his second season, Newell led the team to a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference title.[4]


  1. ^ Miller, Scott (December 21, 1990). "Lamar Places Rebuilding in Newell's Hands". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Rohde, John (May 5, 1993). "Newell Era Over; Let Fallout Begin". The Oklahoman. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Estwick, Gary (September 28, 2015). "Mike Newell, Dillard's well-traveled new coach, believes he's the right man for the job". The Advocate. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dillard wins GCAC regular season title". wgno.com. February 12, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2017.