TABC........Who We Are
"The Voice of Texas
Short History of TABC
The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches was borne amidst a strong
desire of a small group of basketball coaches in the state to see the
sport of basketball attain a semblance of recognition that it enjoyed
in other states. It was during a basketball clinic sponsored by the
Waco Chamber of Commerce that a group of less than 200 men assembled
together and pledged their untiring support to seeing the sport achieve
the ranks of credibility. Goals were lofty but perseverance was
plentiful, and so, with a burst of optimism that would excite even the
most eternal pessimist, the association was conceived. The month was
April; the year was 1975.
Growth was slow during those first few years and the association
struggled mightily to get the recognition from the press that it so
avidly desired. The Waco Chamber continued to sponsor the clinic and
TABC hung onto its coattails, hoping to gain new membership as a by-
product. Goals continued to be set...a longer playing season, approval
of summer camps and leagues, a genuine Top Ten
list carried by the wire services. Lofty goals they were and needless
to say, they were still years away.
A small group of girls coaches showed
interest in joining in with the previously all- male TABC group in 1979
and so it was in 1980 that the association's board of directors voted
to recruit girls coaches with vigor and add girls coaches to its board.
Promising results were seen that first year and soon the membership
goal of 1000 coaches seemed to be realistic. In 1981 the association
voted to hire Alton Ballard, who had been editor of the association's
newsletter since its inception, as its Executive Director, a post he
still holds today. With someone now on staff to spearhead membership
drives and coordinate other efforts, the hope was great that growth
would soon become as steady as the membership would have it be.
It was! Membership zoomed past the 1000 mark in 1981 and the
association then went about its task of sending special liaisons to all
meetings of the University Interscholastic League Athletic and
Legislative Councils in Austin.
Current Baylor University
head men's coach, Harry Miller, a former TABC president, was the
association's first such liaison and under his direction, mighty things
were accomplished. Working with the officers and members of the board,
goal after goal was met...approval for summer camps and leagues, an
earlier starting date for practices and games, more recognition from
the League itself...all these things became reality. Not too long
afterward an agreement was forged with both the Lubbock Avalanche-
Journal and the Associated Press to carry a weekly Top Ten Coaches Poll
in January and February with TABC providing the poll and the media
getting it out. TABC now sends its weekly polls directly to the Dallas office of
the Associated Press which distributes the poll statewide.
With the credibility gained from statewide exposure through the
media and its success in legislative circles, more and more coaches and
other friends of basketball began to get involved with the association
and support it with both membership and praise. Because of this, in
1988 TABC was able to announce that, with the signing up of 2250
members, it had surpassed the Indiana
association and was the largest state basketball association in the
Now as membership totals reach the 3000 mark annually, the
association sponsors its own clinic in San Antonio, holds several summer
camps and puts out the only newsletter in the world that covers high
school basketball with both more editions and more news than any other
association would dare to try, the sky is the limit. A full-time
office, a readily-available communications network, plus many other
creative features, TABC looks to the future with both an eye for vision
and a heart for service!
we do...and why...
Quite simply, we promote basketball. The founders of TABC recognized
a need for more visibility for the game more than 20 years ago and
since that time we have embarked on an ambitious mission of getting the
sport in the spotlight where it belongs. We don't just talk about
basketball...we make sure that it occupies a place of distinction on
sports pages over the state.
The Texas Association of
Basketball Coaches strives to promote basketball at all levels in the
State of Texas
by providing a clearinghouse for information to its member coaches and
through informing them of significant happenings peculiar to basketball
itself. Through a variety of membership services ranging from
scheduling to jobs, TABC meets the needs of its members through a
variety of ways.
TABC is a research-based
organization that provides the entire state with team updates
throughout the basketball season, does Top Ten and Top 25 basketball
rankings for high school basketball, hosts annual clinics and camps, and
provides a job search services throughout the summer.
TABC publishes 12 newsletters
each year, beginning monthly in August and continuing until May.
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