Basketball

Coaching

Head Coach: Bill Foy

Bill FoyBill Foy is beginning his second season at Richland College. He was extremely proud of what the 2012-2013 team accomplished. The T-Ducks ended the season 21-11, tying for second place in the MAC. The Thunderducks were playing some of their best basketball at the end of the season and lost in the finals of the MAC Tournament.

Before coming to Richland College, Foy was at the University of North Texas where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to that, he was the head menís basketball coach of NJCAA National Champion Paris Junior College. The 2004-2005 NJCAA Coach of the Year, Foy compiled a 227-125 record during his 11-year tenure as head coach of the Paris Junior College Dragons basketball team. While at Paris Junior College, Foy was twice named the Region XIV Coach of the Year and in addition to his NJCAA Coach of the Year honors in 2005, he was also named the NABC and TABC Coach of the Year the same season.

His teams advanced to the finals of the NJCAA Region XIV state tournament five times and won the NJCAA National Championship in March of 2005. Paris Junior College became the first unranked team to win the National Championship since 1996 when Sullivan College of Louisville, Kentucky, won the title.

While at UNT, the Mean Green averaged 21 wins per season, including a school record 24 wins in 2010 and a pair of Sun Belt Conference titles and NCAA tournament trips. Some of Coach Foyís recruits at UNT included Sun Belt scoring leader Tristan Thompson and Sun Belt Tournament MVP, Eric Tramiel.

Foyís coaching career includes three years at the public school level in Texas, one year (1986-87) as an assistant at SMU, two years (1987-89) as an assistant at Blinn College, one year (1989-90) as an assistant at Union (KY) College and five years (1990-1995) as head coach at Lee College before going to Paris Junior College.

Foy received his bachelorís degree from Indiana University in 1982 and his masterís degree from Prairie View A&M University in 1989.

Assistant Coaches

Michael Gross

Bill FoyMichael Gross is in his third season as assistant basketball coach at Richland College. Gross was a member of the Cedar Valley College basketball program from 2006-2008 where he helped lead the team to the MAC Championship game his sophomore season. From there he earned a scholarship to Jarvis Christian. During his time at Jarvis he helped lead the team to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. "Coach Mike" graduated from Waco Midway High School (TX) in 2005. His senior season he was 1st Team All-District and Defensive Player of the Year. Gross is the son of Mike Gross and Callie Lowery. He has two younger brothers, Gavin (22) and Brandon (18).

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