Hall of Fame

Gary Colson

TYPE Athlete

Gary Colson attended David Lipscomb College from 1952-1956 where he was an outstanding athlete in basketball, baseball and track. In basketball he was named VSAC All-Conference in 1955 and 1956, and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the VSAC in 1956. After his playing days at Lipscomb, Gary began his successful coaching career right here at Lipscomb. From 1956-58, he served as Assistant Coach for the Bison basketball team and also as coach of the Bison Track program. After leaving Lipscomb, Gary began his Head Coaching career at Valdosta State in Georgia from 1958-68. He also served as the school’s Athletic Director from 1959-68. In 1968, Gary headed for the west coast where he served as Head Coach for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California from 1968-1979 and as Director of Athletics from 1971-75. From 1980-1988 Gary was Head Coach at the University of New Mexico and from 1990-1995 at Fresno State. During Gary’s 33 year career he became one of college basketball’s winningest coaches of all time, winning 565 career games and is listed as the 9th winningest coach in NCAA history. Currently, Gary serves as Associate Athletics Director of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Over the years he has experienced tremendous success in college basketball and has been named Coach of the Year numerous times. Gary Colson is a man whom all of Lipscomb can be proud and will always be considered one of our own.